Chipaya

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A language of Bolivia

Alternate Names
Puquina
Population

1,200 (1995), increasing. 5% monolingual. Ethnic population: 1,800.

Location

Oruro Department, Atahuallpa province.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

May be Arawakan or distantly related to Mayan (Olson 1964).

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Vigorous. Religious services. Positive attitudes. Bilingualism formerly in Central Aymara [ayr], now in Spanish [spa]. 500 multilingual in Spanish and Aymara (2000 SIL).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. 400 children in school. Have a high school. NT: 1978–2009.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.