Quechua, Arequipa-La UniónPrint
L1 users: 18,600 (2000). 10,000 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 32,000.
Arequipa region: La Unión province, Cotahuasi district, Apurímac department, Antabamba province; Ayacucho and Cusco regions.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (1993, Constitution, Article 48).
Vigorous. Used in some schools. Some families switched to Spanish. Other language speakers use Quechua to talk to monolinguals. Administration, commerce, labor relations, religious services. All ages. Negative attitudes. Considered inferior to Spanish [spa]. Most also use Spanish [spa]. Also use Cusco Quechua [quz], in schools.
Latin script [Latn].