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Aguaruna language

Aguaruna is an indigenous American language of the Jivaroan family spoken by about 45,000 Aguaruna people in Peru. The speakers live along the western portion of the Maranon river and also along the Potro, Mayo, and Cahuapanas rivers. Native speakers currently prefer the name Awajun. According to the Ethnologue there are almost no monolingual speakers; nearly all also speak Spanish. The school system begins with Aguaruna only; as the students progress, Spanish is gradually added. There is a positive outlook and connotation in regard to bilingualism. 60 to 100% are literate and 50 to 75% are literate in Spanish. Huambisa and Achuar-Siwiar are closely related languages. A modest dictionary of the language has been published.


* Adelaar, Willem F.H. with Pieter C. Muysken. (2004) The languages of the Andes (especially section 4.4 The Jivaroan languages). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Asangkay Sejekam, Nexar. (2006). Awajun. Ilustraciones foneticas de lenguas amerindias, ed. Stephen A. Marlett. Lima: SIL International y Universidad Ricardo Palma. [*]

Asangkay Sejekam, Nexar. (2006) La situacion sociolinguistica de la lengua awajun en 2006. Situaciones sociolinguisticas de lenguas amerindias, ed. Stephen A. Marlett. Lima: SIL International and Universidad Ricardo Palma. [*]

Corbera Mori, Angel. (1984) Bibliografia de la familia linguistica jibaro 1. Lima: Centro de Investigacion de Linguistica Aplicada, Documento de Trabajo 48, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.

Solis Fonseca, Gustavo. (2003) Lenguas en la amazonia peruana. Lima: edicion por demanda.

Uwarai Yagkug, Abel; Isaac Paz Suikai, y Jaime Regan. (1998) Diccionario aguaruna-castellano, awajun chicham apachnaujai. Lima: Centro Amazonico de Antropologia y Aplicacion Practica.

External links

Aguaruna at Ethnologue

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