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Quichua, Santiago del Estero


A language of Argentina

Alternate Names
Quichua, Santiagueño Quichua

60,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 60,000.


Chaco province; Santiago del Estero province: Figueroa, Moreno, Robles, Sarmiento, Brigadier J. F. Ibarra, San Martín, Silipica, Loreto, Atamisqui, Avellaneda, Salavina, Quebrachos, Mitre, and Aguirre departments; perhaps Buenos Aires and Salta provinces.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Lexical similarity: 81% with Bolivian or other Quechua. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Language Use

Vigorous. Increased use by media, musical groups. Chair of Quichua in the National University. Positive attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Promotion and teaching in schools authorized. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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