Piaroa

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A language of Venezuela

Alternate Names
Amorua, Dearwa, Deruwa, Deá’ru’wa, Piaroa-Mako, Uhothha, Uwotjüja, Wo’tiheh, Wotjüja, Wu’tjuja, Wöthüha
Autonym
De’aruwã thiwene
Population

13,000 in Venezuela (Crevels 2012). Ethnic population: 14,500 (2001 census). 2,200 urban; 12,300 rural (2001 census). Total users in all countries: 13,770.

Location

Amazonas state: Orinoco river south bank, inland from Paguasa river to Manapiare; into southwestern Bolívar state.

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Language Status

6b* (Threatened). Statutory language of provincial identity in Amazonas and Bolivar states (2008, Indigenous Languages Law, Article 4).

Language Use

Because of strong ethnic identity, the language is conserved to a high degree (Crevels 2007). Also use Maquiritari [mch], Spanish [spa], Yabarana [yar]. Used as L2 by Maco [wpc].

Language Development

NT: 1986–2001.

Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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