Quechua, Huaylas AncashPrint
L1 users: 336,000 (2000). 20,000 monolinguals.
Ancash region: Caraz, Carhuaz, and Huaraz provinces; Callejón de Huaylas.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
People in and near the mestizo towns in the valley increasingly proficient in Spanish. Communities at higher elevations maintain use in all domains. Bilinguals working in an office will use mostly Spanish at work. Use of the language in the communities away from and above the mestizo population centers is vigorous (2011 D. Hintz). Home, friends, market, social gatherings. Few children in lower elevation and higher population areas, all children at the higher elevations. Positive attitudes. Many also use Spanish [spa], especially men.
Latin script [Latn].