A language of Chile

Alternate Names
Alacalouf, Alacaluf, Alacalufe, Alaculoof, Alaculuf, Alakaluf, Alikaluf, Alikhoolip, Alikuluf, Alilkoolif, Alokolup, Alooculoof, Alookooloop, Alucaluf, Alukoeluf, Alukulup, Halakwulup, Kaweskar, Kawesqar

12 (2006 O. Aguilera). 10 in Puerto Edén. Ethnic population: 100 (Crevels 2012).


Magallanes region: West Patagonia, Channel area, Isle of Wellington off south Chilean coast, 49 degrees south. Center is Puerto Edén.

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Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct).


Aksanás (Aksana). Dialects are generally divided into three groups, northern, central and southern, of which only the northern is still spoken (Viegas Barros 1990).

Language Use

Most also use Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Texts.


Unwritten [Qaax].

Other Comments

Aksanás has been shown by Clairis to be a misinterpretation of old Qawasqar; it is a phantom (Campbell and Grondona 2012).

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