Chayahuita language

Native toPeru
Ethnicity21,400 (2011)
Native speakers
14,000 (2011)[1]
  • Chayahuita
Language codes
ISO 639-3cbt

Chayahuita is an endangered Amazonian language spoken by thousands of native Chayahuita people in the Amazon basin of north-central. Spoken along the banks of the Paranapura, Cahuapanas, Sillay, and Shanusi rivers, it is also known as Chayawita, Shawi, Chawi, Tshaahui, Chayhuita, Chayabita, Shayabit, Balsapuertino, Paranapura, and Cahuapa. There is a 1-5% literacy rate, compared with 5-15% for Spanish, and a dictionary since 1978. It can not be understood by Jebero speakers although there is some overlap in vocabulary, especially some Quechua terms.


There are 4 vowels: /a, i, ɨ, u/.[3]

Bilabial Alveolar Postalveolar Palatal Velar Glottal
Stop p t k ʔ
Affricate t͡ʃ
Fricative β s ʃ h
Nasal m n
Approximant j w
Flap ɾ


  1. ^ "Shawi". Ethnologue. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Shawi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ "SAPhon – South American Phonological Inventories". linguistics.berkeley.edu. Retrieved 2018-07-23.

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