Maquiritari

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Cunuana, De’cuana, Maiongong, Maquiritai, Maquiritare, Pawana, Soto, Ye’cuana, Yekuana
Population

5,520 in Venezuela (2001 census). Population total all countries: 5,950. Ethnic population: 6,520.

Location

Bolivar and Amazonas states, Brazilian border area on mid-Paragua, Caura, Erebato, upper Ventuari, upper Auaris, Matacuni, Cuntinamo, Padamo, and Cunucunuma rivers.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Language Use

Children are becoming bilingual in Spanish [spa] but most adults hardly speak any Spanish (Crevels 2007). Used as L2 by Piaroa [pid], Sanumá [xsu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%. NT: 1970.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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