Guaraní, Ava


A language of Paraguay

Alternate Names
Apytare, Ava, Ava-Chiripá, Ava-katu-ete, Chiripá, Chiripá-Guaraní, Tsiripá, Txiripá
Ava Guaraní

6,310 in Paraguay (Crevels 2012), decreasing. Ethnic population: 13,900 (Crevels 2012). Total users in all countries: 16,350.


Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, Caazapá, Canindeyú, and San Pedro departments.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened). Recognized language (2010, Languages Act, No. 4251, Article 2).


Apapocuva. Reportedly similar to Paraguayan Guaraní [gug]. A member of macrolanguage Guarani [grn].

Language Use

Some of all ages. Most also use Paraguayan Guaraní [gug] (Crevels 2012). Some also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Taught in primary schools. Literature. Dictionary. Bible: 2006.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Most are from Apapocuva group, described by ethnographers. Fewer Spanish loanwords than Guaraní [gug]. Ñandeva is used in the Chaco to refer to Tapiete [tpj], a different but related language. Traditional religion, Christian.

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