Quechua, Sihuas Ancash


A language of Peru


6,500 (2002 SIL), decreasing. 3,000 monolinguals.


Ancash Region, Sihuas province, districts west of Sihuas river; north of Rupac river, south Quiches, Alfonso Ugarte, Huayllabamba, Sihuas, and west Ragash.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).


None known. Most closely related to Northern Conchucos [qxn] and Corongo Quechua [qwa]. Initial intelligibility testing shows marginal intelligibility of Corongo Quechua [qwa]. Intelligibility of Northern Conchucos [qxn] appears lower. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Language Use

Rural daily life primarily among women over 40. Mainly older adults. 3,500 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 28%.