Wayuu

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Goajiro, Guajira, Guajiro, Uáira, Wahiro, Waiu, Wayu, Wayuunaiki, Wayúu
Population

L1 users: 122,000 (Civallero 2008). Ethnic population: 199,000 (Crevels 2007). Total users in all countries: 321,000.

Location

La Guajira department: Guajira peninsula, Caribbean coast.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

One of the most vigorously spoken indigenous languages in South America (Crevels 2007). Positive attitudes. Many also use Spanish [spa], especially younger generations (Crevels 2007).

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 5%–15%. Dictionary. Grammar. Texts. NT: 2002–2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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