Wampís

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A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Huambisa, Huambiza, Wambisa
Population

9,330 (2000).

Location

Amazonas and Loreto regions: high jungle of the Andes along Morona and Santiago rivers.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2011, Law No. 29735, Preservation and Use of Original Languages of Peru).

Dialects

None known. Reportedly similar to Aguaruna [agr] and Achuar-Shiwiar [acu].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Most children acquire the language (Crevels 2007). All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Dictionary. NT: 1975–2010.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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