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A’ingae (Cofán)

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 June 2019

Chiara Repetti-Ludlow
Affiliation:
Brown Universitychiara.repetti.ludlow@gmail.com
Haoru Zhang
Affiliation:
Brown Universityhaoru_zhang@brown.edu
Hugo Lucitante
Affiliation:
Brown Universityhugo_lucitante@brown.edu
Scott AnderBois
Affiliation:
Brown Universityscott_anderbois@brown.edu
Chelsea Sanker
Affiliation:
Brown Universitychelsea_sanker@brown.edu

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A’ingae (also known as Cofán or Kofán) is a language isolate spoken by approximately 1,500 people in 13 communities in Ecuador and Colombia (Figure 1). Traditionally, the A’i (speakers of A’ingae) lived in the Andean foothills, but over the past century they have migrated down the Aguarico and San Miguel rivers, founding communities at Dureno and Zábalo, where the language is most widely spoken. This migration was spurred in large part by extensive oil contamination; an issue of great concern to the Foundation for the Survival of the Cofán People (FSC) and the community at large (Cepek 2012: 103; 2018: 1–15). Another concern in the Cofán community is the decreasing use of A’ingae, which, according to Ethnologue (Simons & Fennig 2017), is ‘endangered’ in Ecuador and ‘severely endangered’ in Colombia as a growing emphasis on Spanish disincentivizes the younger generation from learning A’ingae.

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