Ayoreo

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A language of Paraguay

Alternate Names
Ayoré, Coroino, Garaygosode, Guarañoca, Guidaigosode, Koroino, Moro, Poturero, Pyeta Yovai, Pyta Jovai, Samococio, Takrat, Totobiegosode, Yanaigua
Autonym
Morotoco
Population

1,760 (Crevels 2011), increasing. 1,000 monolinguals (2011). Ethnic population: 2,100 (Crevels 2011). Total users in all countries: 3,160.

Location

Alto Paraguay department: Arocojnadi, Cucaani, Guidaichai, and Isla Alta; Boquerón department: Campo Loro, Ebetogue, Jesudi, and Tunocojai.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2010, Languages Act, No. 4251, Article 2).

Dialects

Tsiracua (Sirákua, Tsirákua). Lexical similarity: 30% with Chamacoco [ceg].

Typology

SVO; prepositions and postpositions; noun head initial, except for possessors; 2 genders (masculine and feminine); inflectional language; verb affixes mark person, number, and gender; no passive or voice; no tense or aspect; 19 consonants and 5 vowels, including voiceless nasal consonants.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa] (Ciucci 2016).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 20%. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 1982.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Partially nomadic. Christian.

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