Xinca

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A language of Guatemala

Alternate Names
Ikomagi, Jinca, Shinkan, Shinkan Complex, Sinca, Szinca, Xincan, Xinka, “Popoloco” (pej.)
Population

No known L1 speakers, but emerging L2 speakers. Last fluent speakers probably died by the 1970s; some semi-speakers survived into the 2000s. Ethnic population: 16,200 (2003 census).

Location

Jutiapa and Santa Rosa departments.

Language Status

9 (Reawakening). Recognized language (2003, Law of National Languages, Decree 19).

Dialects

None known. Language may be related to Lenca [len].

Language Use

Shifted to Spanish [spa].

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].

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