List of endangered languages in Central America

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An endangered language is a language that it is at risk of falling out of use, generally because it has few surviving speakers. If it loses all of its native speakers, it becomes an extinct language.

Central America (Spanish: Centroamérica or América Central) is a central geographic region of the Americas. It is variably defined either as the southern portion of North America, which connects with South America on the southeast, or as a region of the American continent in its own right.[1][2]

Costa Rica[edit]

Costa Rica
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
Boruca language 5 women (1986 SIL)30 to 35 nonfluent speakers 1,000 (1991).

El Salvador[edit]

El Salvador
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
Pipil language 20 (1987) 196,576 (1987)

Guatemala[edit]

Guatemala
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
Itza' language 12 (1986 SIL) 1,800 (2001).

Honduras[edit]

Honduras
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
Lenca language Only a few speakers in Honduras

Nicaragua[edit]

Nicaragua
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
Rama language 24 (1989 J Holm) 900 (2000 C Grinevald).

Panama[edit]

Panama
Language Ethnonym Speakers Source
San Miguel Creole French 3 (1999 SIL).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Central America, MSN Encarta. Accessed on line January 10, 2008. Archived 2009-10-31.
  2. ^ "Central America", vol. 3, Micropædia, The New Encyclopædia Britannica, Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 1990, 15th ed. ISBN 0-85229-511-1.