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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Tsachela, Tsachila, Tsafiki, Tsafiqui
Population

1,870 (Crevels 2012). Some monolingual in remote communities. Ethnic population: 2,840 (2012 UNSD).

Location

Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas province: provincial capital area.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly lexically similar to Chachi [cbi] and Awa-Cuaiquer [kwi], but major differences between the languages in phonology, syntax and grammatical structure (2011 W. Largo).

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

All domains. Some young people, all adults. Positive attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50% in Spanish [spa]. Literature. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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