Yámana

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A language of Chile

Alternate Names
Tequenica, Yaghan, Yagán, Yahgan
Autonym
Háusi Kúta
Population

1 (2013 Y. Meroz). One elderly speaker in Ukika, 85 years old (2013 Y. Meroz). Ethnic population: 1,690 (2002 census).

Location

Magallanes y Antártica Chilena region: Patagonia area, Navarino island, Puerto Williams, Ukika hamlet.

Language Status

8b (Nearly extinct). Recognized language (1993, (Indigenous Peoples) Law No. 19.253).

Language Use

There are irregular language workshops (2013 Y. Meroz). Shifted to Spanish [spa]. Elderly only. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Dictionary. Bible portions: 1881–1886.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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