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Araucanian languages

Andes of Chile, Argentina
Linguistic classificationOne of the world's primary language families

The Araucanian languages, a small language family of indigenous languages of the Americas, is located in central Chile and neighboring areas of Argentina. The living representatives of this family are Mapudungun (ISO 639-3: arn) and Huilliche (ISO 639-3: huh). These are sometimes considered divergent dialects of a single language isolate.

It is estimated that there are approximately 200,000 Mapudungu-speakers in Chile and 40,000 speakers in Argentina. Huilliche is the native language of a few thousands of Chileans.


  • Campbell, Lyle (1997). American Indian languages: The historical linguistics of Native America. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195094271.


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