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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Tsachila, Tsafiki, Tsafiqui
Population

2,840 (2012 UNSD), increasing. Some monolingual in remote communities. Ethnic population: 2,300 (2000 SIL).

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. All ages. Positive attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa] (Crevels 2007).

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

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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