Quichua, Santiago del Estero


A language of Argentina

Alternate Names
Santiagueño Quichua

60,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. 0 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 60,000.


North central Argentina, Santiago del Estero Province, departments of Figueroa, Moreno, Robles, Sarmiento, Brigadier J. F. Ibarra, San Martín, Silipica, Loreto, Atamisqui, Avellaneda, Salavina, Quebrachos, Mitre, Aguirre; Chaco Province, southwest border strip; perhaps in Buenos Aires and Salta Province.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. Lexical similarity: 81% with Bolivian or other Quechua. A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Language Use

Vigorous. Increased use by media, musical groups. Chair of Quichua in the National University. Positive attitudes. 50,000 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Promotion and teaching in schools authorized. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.