Language of the Day for 14 October 2021


Sáliba [slc]

A language of
Population Full
1,300 in Colombia (Civallero 2008). Ethnic population: 4,780 (2019 census). Total users in all countries: 1,336.
8a (Moribund).
Language Use
In the Orocué area the language is only conserved to a high degree among elderly women; others understand Sáliba but no longer express themselves in the language (Crevels 2007). Older adults only. Shifted to Spanish [spa].
Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Dictionary.