Achawa language

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Native to Colombia
Ethnicity Achagua people
Native speakers
250  (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 acainclusive code
Individual code:
pod – Ponares?

Achagua (Achawa) is a language spoken in the Meta Department of Colombia, similar to Piapoco. It is estimated that 250 individuals speak the language, many of whom also speak Piapoco or Spanish.[1]

"Achagua is a language of the Maipurean Arawakan group traditionally spoken by the Achagua people of Venezuela and east-central Colombia."[2]

A "Ponares" language is inferred from surnames, and may have been Achawa or Piapoco.

There is 1 to 5% literacy in Achagua.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Achagua at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
    Ponares? at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Neira, Alonso de. "The Art and Vocabulary of the Achagua Language". World Digital Library. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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