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Quichua, Santiago del Estero

A language of Argentina

ISO 639-3qus

Population  60,000 (2000 SIL), decreasing. No monolinguals. Ethnic population: 50,000–60,000.
Region  North central Argentina, Santiago del Estero Province, Departments of Figueroa, Moreno, Robles, Sarmiento, Brigadier J. F. Ibarra, San Martín, Silipica, Loreto, Atamisqui, Avellaneda, Salavina, Quebrachos, Mitre, Aguirre; southeast Salta Province, western Taboada Department along Salado River; Buenos Aires.
Language map  Argentina and Chile
Alternate names   Santiagueño Quichua
Dialects  Lexical similarity: 81% with Bolivian or other Quechua.
Classification  Quechuan, Quechua II, C
A member of macrolanguage Quechua [que] (Peru).
Language use  Vigorous. Increased use by media, musical groups. Chair of Quichua in the National University. Positive attitude. Also use Spanish.
Language development  A decree authorizes promotion and teaching in schools. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  Agriculturalists; migrations to sugarcane harvest; cotton harvesters; carbon-making industry. Christian, traditional religion, syncretism.