Quechua, Eastern Apurímac

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Apurímac Quechua, Quechua del Este de Apurímac
Population

200,000 (2002 SIL). 80,000 monolinguals (30% in towns, 60%–70% in remote areas, especially at high altitudes). Ethnic population: 200,000.

Location

Apurímac Region, Abancay, Grau, Cotabambas, Antabamba Ayamaraes, and Andahuaylas provinces; Arequipa Region, La Unión province.

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Language of recognized nationality (1999, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

Abancay, Antabamba, Cotabambas. Arequipa-La Unión Quechua [qxu] very similar to the Antabamba dialect.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–3%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–50% (census: 65%). 40,000 nonliterate adults. 35% of adults, or 20% of total population (census). In rural areas 48% of the adults are nonliterate. Taught in primary schools. NT: 2013.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Different from Cusco Quechua [quz] and Ayacucho Quechua [quy]. Christian, traditional religion.