Huarijío

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Guarijío, Maculái, Macurái, Macurawe, Makurawe, Varihío, Varijío, Varohio, Vorijío, Warihó
Population

2,840 (2005 SIL). 1,570 in Chihuahua, 1,210 in Sonora.

Location

Chihuahua state: Río Chinipas east to Sonora state border; San Bernardo, to headwaters of Río Mayo. 17 or more villages or hamlets. West Sierra Madre mountains.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Highland Guarijío, Lowland Huarijío. Intelligibility of Tarahumara languages less than 50%. Maculai (Macurawe, Macuyawe), formerly used by upriver Huarijio to refer to downriver Huarijio. Refer to themselves as Huarijio, Macurawe or Macuyawe. Old ruins of Macoyawi, now under Lake Mocutzari, was presumably a village of theirs.

Typology

OVS; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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