Palenquero

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A language of Colombia

Alternate Names
Lengua, Palenque
Population

500 (Holm 1989). Ethnic population: 3,500.

Location

San Basilio de Palenque village southeast of Cartagena, and 2 neighborhoods in Barranquilla.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Dialects

Linguistic influences from Koongo [kng] in Democratic Republic of the Congo (Hancock 1987).

Language Use

10% of those under 25 speak it (1998 A. Schwegler). Most speakers are older, but younger people are increasingly learning it as L2 and marker of identity (2011 A. Schwegler). Positive attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa].

Other Comments

People are culturally distinct from nearby Spanish [spa] speakers. Palenque is Spanish for a fortified village of runaway slaves.