Chayahuita

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Balsapuertino, Cahuapa, Chawi, Chayabita, Chayawita, Chayhuita, Paranapura, Shawi, Shayabit, Tshaahui
Population

7,870 (Crevels 2007). Ethnic population: 12,000 (Crevels 2007).

Location

Paranapura, Cahuapanas, Sillay, and Shanusi rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).

Dialects

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

Typology

SOV

Language Use

Bilingual education in some communities (2007). All ages.

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