Huarijío

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Guarijío, Maculái, Macurái, Macurawe, Varihío, Varijío, Vorijío
Population

2,840 (2005 SIL). 1,570 in Chihuahua, 1,210 in Sonora.

Location

West central Chihuahua, West Sierra Madre mountains, from Río Chinipas east to Sonora border, from San Bernardo, to headwaters of Río Mayo. 17 or more villages or hamlets.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Highland Guarijío, Lowland Huarijío. Intelligibility of Tarahumara languages less than 50%. Maculai (Macurawe, Macuyawe), formerly used by upriver Huarijio to refer to downriver Huarijio. Refer to themselves as Huarijio, Macurawe or Macuyawe. Old ruins of Macoyawi, now under Lake Mocutzari, was presumably a village of theirs.

Typology

OVS; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal

Language Use

All ages. Bilingualism increasing.

Language Development
Grammar. Bible portions: 1995.
Writing
Latin script.