A language of Bolivia

Alternate Names
Chimané, Moseteno, Mosetén

7,300 (Crevels 2012). 950 Mosetén, 6,350 Tsimané (Crevels 2012). Ethnic population: 10,200 (Crevels 2012). 1,590 Mosetén, 8,610 Tsimané (Crevels 2012).


El Beni department: San Miguel de Huachi and Santa Ana de Alto Beni; along Maniqui river; La Paz department: north of La Paz city.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


Tsimané, Mosetén. Mosetén move into Tsimané communities and function with seemingly no communication difficulties (2002 NTM).

Language Use

Some young people, all adults. Young people and adults. Also use Spanish [spa], especially children who attend school in one of the highland communities. Other children do not acquire it until they are 15 years of age. Women and older people speak very little of it (Crevels 2007).

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1997.


Latin script [Latn], not in use by Mosetén.

Other Comments

Mosetén and Tsimané separate languages (Adelaar 1991). Traditional religion.

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