Siriano

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Chiranga, Cirnga, Si-Ra, Sura Masa
Population

200 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Population total all countries: 217. Ethnic population: 750 (2001 Guía Etnográfica de Colombia).

Location

Vaupes Department, 3 separate areas near the Vaupes River, south and west of Mitu town.

Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Lexical similarity: 90% with Desano [des], but the 2 languages diverge in their use of grammatical suffixes (Crevels 2007).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All also use Spanish [spa] and at least one other Tucanoan language.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. NT: 1998–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Ethnic differences are important due to the system of exogamy, and persons are identified by L1 of father. Traditional religion, Christian.

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