"Cha'palaa" means "language of the Chachi people." This language was described in part by the missionary P. Alberto Vittadello, who, by the time his description was published in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1988, had lived for seven years among the tribe.
Cha'palaa has agglutinative morphology, with a Subject-Object-Verb word order.
Cha'palaa is written using the Latin alphabet, making use of the following graphemes:
A, B, C, CH, D, DY, E, F, G, GU, HU, I, J, L, LL, M, N, Ñ, P, QU, R, S, SH, T, TS, TY, U, V, Y, and '
The writing system includes four simple vowels, and four double vowels:
- Floyd, Simeon (9 June 2015). "Other-initiated repair in Cha'palaa" (PDF). DeGruyter. Open Linguistics.
- Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Cha'palaa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
- Floyd, Simeon. "Four Types of Reduplication in the Cha'palaa Language of Ecuador" (PDF). Voort-Goodwin.
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