Quechua, Southern Conchucos Ancash


A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Conchucos Quechua, Southern Conchucos Quechua

250,000 (1994 census), increasing. 80,000 monolinguals. L2 users: Health workers and teachers.


East Ancash Region, Chavín to San Luis to Llamellín; northwest Huanuco Region, Huacaybamba, Huacrachuco, San Buenaventura, and Pinra districts; much of southern Marañon province.

Language Maps
Language Status

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


A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].



Language Use

Vigorous in most but not all communities. Spanish-speaking health workers and teachers learn Quechua to communicate. All domains, local administration, written and oral interpretation of Spanish [spa] in church, oral use in commerce labor relations, and health centers. Positive attitudes. 20 also use English [eng]. 170,000 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio programs. TV. NT: 2002–2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian (Roman Catholic), traditional religion.