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Cañari language

Cañar or Cañari is a poorly attested extinct language of the Marañón River basin in Ecuador which is difficult to classify, apart from being apparently related to Puruhá, though it may have been Chimuan or Barbacoan. (See Cañari–Puruhá languages.) It was the original language of the Cañari people before its replacement by Kichwa and later Spanish.

Region Ecuadoran Andes
Ethnicity Cañari
Extinct early Colonial era
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Glottolog cana1260[1]


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Canari". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.