Quechua, Southern Conchucos


A language of Peru

Alternate Names
Conchucos Quechua, Southern Conchucos Ancash Quechua

L1 users: 250,000 (1994 census), increasing. 80,000 monolinguals.


Ancash region: Chavín, Llamellín, and San Luis; Huanuco region: Huacaybamba, Huacrachuco, Pinra and San Buenaventura districts; Marañon province: south.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).


A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que].



Language Use

Vigorous in most but not all communities. Spanish-speaking health workers and teachers learn Quechua to communicate. All domains, local administration, written and oral interpretation of Spanish [spa] in church, oral use in commerce labor relations, and health centers. Positive attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa]. A few also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 15%–25%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Radio. TV. NT: 2002–2008.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.

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