Shawi

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Balsapuertino, Cahuapa, Cahuapana, Campo Piyapi, Chahui, Chawi, Chayabita, Chayahuita, Chayawita, Chayhuita, Paranapura, Shayabit, Tsaawí, Tshaahui
Autonym
Shahui
Population

14,000 (Crevels 2011). Ethnic population: 21,400 (Crevels 2011).

Location

Loreto and San Martin regions: Cahuapanas, Paranapura, Shanusi, and Sillay rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Chayahuita, Cahuapana. Not intelligible with Jebero [jeb].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Bilingual education in some communities (Crevels 2007). All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Dictionary. NT: 1978–2011.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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