Páez is a language isolate spoken mainly in the Tierradentro area in the north of Cauca Department in the southwest of Colombia. There are also some speakers of Páez in Huila, Tolima and Valle del Cauca Departments. In 2007 there were about 75,000 Páez speakers, half of whom were monolingual.
Páez is taught in some schools, and also used on some radio stations.
The letters á, ó and ú are also used to show stress. In the sample text below, umlauts are used instead of tildes on the letters e and u.
Ya'nwe'wewa'te' maa nasapa ha'dacehk hi'pku up'hi', wëtte u'huwa'hi'pta', eena' eena' f'i'zewa' hi'pta', üus hi'pta' d'ik'the hi'pta' naapa'kate. Sa' h'ukaysa üus hi'pcehktha'w sa' pyakhna'we f'i'ze hi'ptha'w.
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)
Information about Páez
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