Maka

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A language of Paraguay

Alternate Names
Enimaca, Enimaga, Maca, Macá, Maká, Towolhi
Autonym
Mak’á
Population

1,500 (2000 A. Chemhey). 600 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 1,500 (2000).

Location

Alto Paraná department: Micro Centro; Central department: Comunidad Maka (Corumba Kue); Cordillera department; possibly Itapúa department, Ita Paso; Presidente Hayes department: Villa Hayes and Kenkukek; San Pedro department; Paraguai river, northeast of Asuncion.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Language Use

Vigorous. Older adults and preschool children monolingual. Home, village, church. All ages. Positive attitudes. Strong cultural cohesion and strong language identity. Also use Spanish [spa], especially among men.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 30%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 40% in Spanish [spa]. Taught in primary schools. NT: 2013.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian.

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