Piaroa

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Amorua, Deá’ru’wa, Dearwa, Deruwa, Uhothha, Uwotjüja, Wöthüha, Wo’tiheh
Population

14,500 in Venezuela (2001 census). 2,200 urban; 12,300 rural. Ethnic population: 14,500. Total users in all countries: 14,580.

Location

Amazonas state: Orinoco river south bank, inland from Paguasa river to Manapiare; into southwestern Bolivar state.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Language Use

Because of strong ethnic identity, the language is conserved to a high degree (Crevels 2007). Also use Maquiritari [mch], Spanish [spa], Yabarana [yar]. Used as L2 by Maco [wpc].

Language Development
NT: 1986–2001.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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