Siona

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Ceona, Ganteya, Ganteyabain, Kanú, Koka, Pioche-Sioni, Pioje, Sioni, Zeona
Population

200 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Population total all countries: 500. Ethnic population: 730 (2001 Guía Etnográfica de Colombia).

Location

Putumayo Department, along Putumayo river and its tributaries, between Poñuna Blanca and Poñuna Negra, in the Resguardo Buenavista as well as in El Tablero.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Ethnically different from the Secoya [sey], but they use the same language, Paicoca (2011 W. Largo). Lexical similarity: 95% with Secoya [sey] (2007 W. Largo).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1982–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Those in Ecuador consider themselves Colombians. Distinct from Secoya (Siona-Secoya) [sey].

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