Kashinawa

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Cashinahua, Caxinahua, Caxinawá, Kashinahua, Kaxinawá, Kaxynawa
Autonym
Hantxa Kuin, Juni Kuin
Population

2,420 (2007 census). Ethnic population: 2,420 (1999 census). Total users in all countries: 2,820.

Location

Ucayali region: Curanja and Purus rivers.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Possibly most similar to Sharanahua [mcd].

Typology

SOV; postpositions; genitives before noun heads; articles, adjectives after noun heads; question word initial; 7 prefixes, 3 suffixes; ergative; lexical tone.

Language Use

All children acquire the language and learn to read and write in bilingual schools (Crevels 2007). All ages. Also use Spanish [spa], and up to 10% have routine proficiency in it.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%–30%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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