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Extinct: no
Family: Other
Branch: Mayan
Continent: South America
Country: Guatemala
 
Region: CENTRAL: Central highlands. CUNEN: Quiche Department. EASTERN, CHICHICASTENANGO: Includes Chichicastenango and Chiche. JOYABAJ: Quiche Department. SAN ANDRES: Quiche Department. WEST CENTRAL: Southwest of Lake Atitlßn, Quezaltenango, and Totonicapan departments.
Countries Where Spoken: CENTRAL: 216,910 (1990 SIL). CUNEN: 6,500 (1992 census). EASTERN, CHICHICASTENANGO: 100,000 (1991 SIL). JOYABAJ: 54,298 (1991 SIL). SAN ANDRES: 19,728 (1991 SIL). WEST CENTRAL: 250,000 (1994 SIL).
Countries Where Official: Guatemala
   
Native Speakers: 647,436
Speakers Total: 647,436
  
Phrasebase members who speak Quiche at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Quiche at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Quiche: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Quiche: 0
  
Three Letter Code: QUC
Alternative Names: NORTHERN QUICHe, CHUIL QUICHe, CUNENTECO QUICHe, EAST CENTRAL QUICHe, SAN ANDReS SAJCABAJ┴ QUICHe, SOUTHWESTERN QUICHe, CANTEL QUICHe
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Summary: CENTRAL: Dictionary. Grammar. SVO. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 35%. Roman. Radio programs, videos. Bible 1995. CUNEN: Literacy rate in second language: 24%. Swidden agriculturalists: maize, beans, squash. EASTERN, CHICHICASTENANGO: All ages. Dictionary. Literacy rate in first language: 5% to 10%. Literacy rate in second language: 15% to 25%. JOYABAJ: SVO. Literacy rate in first language: Below 1%. Literacy rate in second language: 12%. NT 1984. SAN ANDRES: All ages. Grammar. Literacy rate in first language: 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 10% to 15%. Swidden agriculturalists: maize, beans, squash. Bible portions 1997. WEST CENTRAL: All ages. Dictionary. Grammar. SVO. Literacy rate in first language: 5% to 10%. Literacy rate in second language: 25% to 55%. NT 1997.
 

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