Urarina

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Itucali, Shimacu, Simacu
Population

3,000 (2002 SIL). Women are monolingual.

Location

Loreto Region, Urarinas district, Pucayacu, Chambira, and Urituyacu rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

Several dialects with minor differences. Ruhlen and others classify it as Andean.

Typology

OVS.

Language Use

Bilingual education program but in almost all bilingual schools Spanish [spa] is used exclusively because the teachers are not native Urarina speakers (Crevels 2007). All ages. Men range from monolingual to routine proficiency in Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: Below 5%. Grammar. NT: 2006–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].