Chayahuita (Paranapura / Shawi)

Chayahuita is a Cahuapanan language spoken by about 7,900 people along the Sillay, Cahuapanas and Panapura rivers and their tributaries in the province of Alto Amazonas in the department of Loreto in the north of Peru.

In some areas there is bilingual education in Chayahuita and Spanish and most Chayahuita-speaking parents pass their language on to their children, although some only speak Spanish with their children.

Chayahuita pronunciation

Chayahuita  pronunciation

Sample text

Ya'ipi piyapinpoa' capini noya ninosorocaso' ya'huërin. Ya'ipinpoa' yonquirëhua'. Noya nicacaso' nitotërëhua'. Napoaton iyanpoa pochin ninosorocaso' ya 'huërin.

Translation

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Links

Information about the Chayahuita language
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayahuita_language
http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chayahuita
http://www.ethnologue.com/language/cbt
http://www10.gencat.cat/pres_casa_llengues/AppJava/frontend/llengues_detall.jsp?id=151&idioma=5
http://www-01.sil.org/americas/peru/show_lang_entry.asp?id=cbt&Lang=spa

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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