PROFILE OF AN ENDANGERED LANGUAGE: CHAMICURO

Lionbridge onDemand is proud to be bringing you this blog series designed to profile some of the world's thousands of endangered languages. Yes, that's right - some languages are, in fact, in danger of going extinct. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) sets forth the criteria for and categorizes languages that may be endangered or extinct.

This week, we will learn about a language that UNESCO currently characterizes as "endangered": Chamicuro

Despite the fact that the language of Chamicuro has an official dictionary, this ancient language is still at a very high risk of soon becoming extinct. The Chamicuro language is spoken by the Chamicuro tribe located in South America. This aboriginal tribe has a population of 10 to 20 people who live in the tributary of the Huallaga River in a plain called Pampa Hermosa in Peru. The Pampa Hermosa is otherwise known as ‘the beautiful plain.” Yet, there are only 8 people known to speak the language. Part of the issue is that none of the children in this tribe can speak the language as they all shifted to Spanish. In addition, this language is by default an official language in the area in which it is spoken.

A major argument that has risen over the years is that the language Aguano could be considered the same exact language. Although, the different people of each tribe do not relate to one another and maintain different names and connotations between their language/languages. The language Chamicuro can also be reffered to as Chamikuro, Chamicura, Chamicolo or Chamekolo. 

Translated vocab words:

·         One       Palaka

·         Two       Ma’pojta

·         Three    Kilko

·         Man      Yelna

·         Sun       Mo’sojko

·         Water   Unijsa

·         House   Ajkochi

For more information on the Chamicuro language and culture click on the highlighted link!

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