Matsés

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Magirona, Majuruna, Matses-Mayoruna, Maxirona, Maxuruna, Mayiruna, Mayoruna, Mayuzuna
Population

1,400 in Peru (2006 SIL). Population total all countries: 2,230.

Location

Loreto Region, along lower Yaquerana river and tributaries; lower Yavari; along Chobayacu and Gálvez rivers. Also in Brazil.

Language Status

5 (Developing). Language of recognized nationality (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

Different from Mayo [mfy] or Maya and Marúbo [mzr] of Brazil.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. Schools taught by Matsés teachers. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa] or Portuguese [por] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Grammar. NT: 1993–2008.
Writing
Latin script.

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