- Wayuu language
:"This article is about the language spoken in South America; for the language of Nepal, see
Wayu language."Infobox Language
name = Wayuu
pronunciation = [wajunaiki]
region = Northern South America
speakers = 305,000
familycolor = American
fam5 = Caribbean
nation = Wayuu people
agency = Centro Etnoeducativo Kamusuchiwo’u
iso2 = guc
lc1 = guc
Extent of both the Wayuu people and language.
The Wayuu language (Wayuu: "wayuunaiki") is spoken by 305,000 indigenous Wayuu people in northwestern
Venezuelaand northeastern Colombiaon the Guajira Peninsula.
Wayuu is part of the
Maipureanlinguistic family predominant in different parts of the Caribbean. They have some minimal differences in dialectdepending on the region of La Guajira in which they live; northern, central or southern zones of this region. Most of the new generations speak Spanish fluently but they understand the importance of preserving their traditional native tongue.
To promote cultural integration and
bilingual educationamong Wayuu and other Colombians, the "Kamusuchiwo’u" Ethno-educative Center or "Centro Etnoeducativo Kamusuchiwo’u" came up with the initiative of creating the first illustrated Wayuunaiki-Spanish, Spanish-Wayuunaiki dictionary. [es icon [http://www.semana.com/wf_InfoArticulo.aspx?idArt=97712 El Wayuunaiki impreso] ]
Less than 1% of Wayuu speakers are literate in Wayuu while 5 to 15% are literate in Spanish. There are 105,000 speakers in Colombia and 170,000 in Venezuela. Alternate names include: "Guajiro, Guajira, Goajiro".
Note: "e" and "o" are more open than in English. "a" is slight front of central, and "ü" is slightly back of central.
"l" is a lateral flap pronounced with the tongue just behind the position for the Spanish "r," and with a more lateral airflow.
* [http://www.rosettaproject.org/archive/guc The Rosetta Project: Wayuu language]
* [http://www.ethnologue.com/show_language.asp?code=guc Ethnologue: Wayuu language]
* [http://hospitalnazareth.com/cultura_wayuu/idioma/idioma.html Brief explanation of the wayunaiiki language]
* [http://www.sil.org/americas/colombia/pubs/guc/WayuuDict_45801.pdf Spanish-Wayuunaiki dictionary]
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