Quechua, Arequipa-La UniónPrint
18,600 (2000). 10,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 32,000. L2 users: Used by some outsiders for communicating with monolinguals.
Arequipa Region, La Unión province, Cotahuasi district, Apurímac department, Antabamba province; also, Ayacucho and Cusco regions.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Vigorous. Used in some schools. Some families switched to Spanish. Other language speakers use Quechua to talk to monolinguals. Administration, commerce, labor relations, religious services. All ages. Negative attitudes. Considered inferior to Spanish [spa]. Fluent Spanish speakers usually leave the area. Those who return do not like Quechua speakers to use Spanish loans. Cusco Quechua [quz] used in schools. 15,000 also use Spanish [spa].
Latin script [Latn].