Maquiritari

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Cunuana, De’cuana, De’kwana, De’kwana Carib, Maiongong, Maquiritai, Maquiritare, Pawana, Soto, Ye’cuana, Ye’kwana, Yekuana
Autonym
Ye’kuana
Population

6,200 (Crevels 2011). Ethnic population: 6,520 (Crevels 2011). Total users in all countries: 6,630.

Location

Bolívar and Amazonas states: Brazilian border area on upper Auaris, Caura, Cuntinamo, Cunucunuma, Erebato, Matacuni, Padamo, mid-Paragua, and upper Ventuari rivers.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous). Recognized language (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).

Language Use

Some also use Spanish [spa], mostly children (Crevels 2007). Used as L2 by Piaroa [pid], Sanumá [xsu].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%. NT: 1970.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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