Huilliche

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A language of Chile

Alternate Names
Huiliche, Veliche
Population

2,000 (1982 SIL). Ethnic population: 17,000. On the outer Island of Chiloé.

Location

Los Lagos and Los Ríos regions: Valdivia to Chiloé south of Mapuche.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Tsesungún. Related to Mapudungun [arn], but barely intelligible with it.

Language Use

Most of the ethnic group speaks Spanish [spa] as L1. Some youth using the language in rap music. Few domains. Older adults.

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