Amawaka language

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Native toPerú, Brazil
Native speakers
310 (1995–2000)[1]
  • Panoan
    • Amawak–Jaminawa (divergent)
      • Amahuaca
Language codes
ISO 639-3amc

Amahuaca is an indigenous American Panoan-family language spoken by several dozen people in the Amazon Basin in Perú but up to 130 and also in Brazil by 220 people. It is also known as Amawaka, Amaguaco, Ameuhaque, Ipitineri, and Sayaco. The most closely related languages are Cashinahua and Shipibo. It is an official language. There are 20 monolinguals. 30% are literate and 50% are literate in Spanish. Amahuaca uses a Latin-based script. Schools are bilingual, but the language has a negative connotation. A dictionary has been developed along with grammar rules and bible portions.

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  1. ^ Amahuaca at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Amahuaca". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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