Archive for the ‘Southern Aymara (ayc)’ Category

Wikipedia as a tool to revive Aymara

9 September 2012

Wikipidiya, the Aymara language version of Wikipedia, has 2273 articles, and the Aymara Wiktionary has 27.

The Ethnologue cites 2.2 million speakers of Central Aymara (ayr) and 220,000 speakers of Southern Aymara (ayc), but is losing ground to Spanish.

Most of the speakers live in Bolivia. Under the presidency of Aymara native Evo Morales, a new constitution was adopted in 2009 that made 36 indigenous languages official, along with Spanish.

As part of the movement to revitalize Aymara, the group Jaqi Aru works to update the Aymara vocabulary in such places as Wikipedia and Global Voices. To learn more about their efforts, read “Bolivians equip ancient language for digital times.” (Please note that the numbers of speakers cited there diverge greatly from the Ethnologue.)

The English language version of Wiktionary has only a few Aymara word entries, but does have quite a few tokens in the Aymara Swadesh word list.

See also Jaqi Aru, the Jaqi Aru Twitter page and the Jaqi Aru Facebook page.

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