Sharanahua

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A language of Peru

Population

450 in Peru (2000 SIL). 70% monolingual. 300 Mastanahua. Population total all countries: 453.

Location

Upper Purús river area. Also in Brazil.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

Chandinahua, Marinahua (Marinawa), Mastanahua. Similar to Yaminahua [yaa] Chitonahua dialect and Yora [mts].

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home on Purus River. All ages. Some intermarry with and use Spanish [spa] at home. Those with schooling use varying degrees of Spanish.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–10%. Bilingual education program (2007). Taught in primary schools. TV. Dictionary. NT: 1996–2008.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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