Quechua, Ambo-Pasco

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
San Rafael-Huariaca Quechua
Population

90,000 (1998 SIL), decreasing. 18,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 90,000. L2 users: Used by very few as L2.

Location

Pasco Region, Pasco province, Chaupimarca, Huachón, Huariaca, Ninacaca, Pallanchacra, San Francisco de Asís de Yarusyacán, Simón Bolívar, Ticlacayán, Tinyahuarca, Vicco, and Yanacancha districts; Huanuco Region, Ambo Province, Huacar, San Francisco de Mosca, and San Rafael districts; some in Lima Region.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous in isolated communities. Home, fields, community. All ages. Negative attitudes. 72,000 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1993–1997.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.