Quechua, Puno

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Quechua Collao, Quechua Qollaw
Population

500,000. 100,000 monolinguals (2002).

Location

Northeast Puno Region; Moquegua Region highland area.

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Language Status

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

Dialects

Cailloma Quechua, North Bolivian Quechua. Mutually intelligible of Cusco Quechua [quz] and North Bolivian Quechua [qul], possibly sufficient to understand complex and abstract discourse.

Typology

SOV

Language Use

All ages. People in towns and cities mostly want their children to speak Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 71% (official figure for rural areas). Taught in primary schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1988.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Differs from Cusco Quechua [quz] in borrowing of lexicon and morphology from Aymara [ayr]. Christian, traditional religion.