Quichua, Imbabura Highland

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A language of Ecuador

Alternate Names
Imbabura Quichua, Kichwa, Kichwa de la Sierra, Otavalo Quichua, Quichua de la Sierra Imbabura
Autonym
Kichwa Shimi, Runa Shimi
Population

150,000 (Gómez-Rendón 2007). Total Quichua in Ecuador: 408,000 (Crevels 2011). Many monolinguals.

Location

Esmeraldas province: small enclave of west Quininde canton; Imbabura province: south and west of Ibarra town into northern Pichincha province; Northern highlands.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].

Typology

SOV.

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages.

Language Development
Dictionary. Texts. Bible: 1994.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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