Quichua, Salasaca Highland

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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Salasaca Quichua, Tungurahua Highland Quichua, Tungurahua Quichua
Population

14,300 (2000). About 25% monolingual; children 0–5 and older adults.

Location

Tungurahua Province, Salasaca area, 17 towns south and east of Ambato. Dialects in Cotopaxi and throughout Tungurahua.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Home, community, agriculture, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Spanish. Bible portions: 1987–2009.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Lexically distinct from Chimborazo [qug], Imbabura [qvi], and Calderón [qud]. Population growing in the Galápagos Islands. Traditional religion, Christian.