Arhuaco language

Arhuaco language

speakers=14,301 (1998)

Arhuaco is a Chibchan language family, Indigenous American language spoken in South America. [ Arhuaco] , by Arango and Sánchez, Ethnologue, 1998, access date 04-16-08]

It has 14,301 speakers all in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta region of Colombia, 90% of whom are monolingual. Literacy is 1 to 5% in their native language, some speak Spanish and 15 to 25% are literate in that auxiliary language. The users have a very strong traditional culture and have vibrant use of their tongue.

It is also known as: Aruaco, Bintuk, Bíntukua, Bintucua, Ica, Ijca, Ijka, Ika, and Ike.

The language uses the subject-object-verb structure.


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