Páez

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A language of Colombia

Population

40,000 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 119,000 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Cauca, Huila, and Tolima departments, central Andes range, Popayán area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

Paniquita (Panikita), Pitayo.

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Many pass the language on, but some prefer to have children use only Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007). Religious services, commerce. Most also use Spanish [spa], the predominant language of instruction in schools.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 75% (2005 Departamento Administrativo Nacional de Estadística ). Some attempts, mainly literacy courses, have been made to promote the language. Some private primary schools teach reading and writing in Páez along with Spanish [spa]. Taught in secondary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.