Uru language

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Iru Itu
Native to Bolivia
Region Lake Titicaca, near the Desaguadero River
Ethnicity 590 Uru people (2007)[1]
Native speakers
2 (2004)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ure
Glottolog uruu1244[2]

The Uru language, more specifically known as Iru-Itu, is the sole surviving language of the Uros, an Amerindian people. In 2004 it had 2 remaining native speakers out of an ethnic group of 140 people in the La Paz Department, Ingavi Province, near Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, the rest having shifted to Aymara and Spanish. The language is close enough to the Chipaya language to sometimes be considered a dialect of that language.[citation needed]

Olson (1964) mentions a variety of Uru spoken on the Isla del Sol in Lake Titicaca. It is not clear if this was a dialect of Iru Itu or a separate Uru language.


  1. ^ a b Uru at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Uru". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.