Quechua, North Bolivian

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A language of Bolivia

Alternate Names
North La Paz Quechua
Population

116,000 in Bolivia (1978 census), increasing. 18,500 monolinguals.

Location

Apolo region, La Paz Department.

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Language Status

2 (Provincial). Statutory provincial language in Apolo region, La Paz Department (2009, Constitution, Article 5(1)). Recognized language (2009, Constitution, Article 5(1)).

Dialects

Apolo, Charazani, Chuma. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains, religious services, commerce, and labor. Positive attitudes. 65,600 also use Spanish [spa]. Also use Central Aymara [ayr].

Language Development
Some bilingual education. Newspapers. Radio programs. TV. NT: 1985.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.