Teribe language
Teribe is a language
Language may refer either to the specifically human capacity for acquiring and using complex systems of communication, or to a specific instance of such a system of complex communication...

 spoken by the Naso or Teribe Indians; it is used primarily in the Bocas del Toro Province
Bocas del Toro Province
Bocas del Toro is a province of Panama. Its extension is 4,643.9 square kilometers comprising the mainland and nine main islands. The province consists of the Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Bahía Almirante , Laguna de Chiriquí , and adjacent mainland. The capital is the city of Bocas del Toro on Isla...

 of northwestern Panama
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 and in the southern part of Costa Rica
Costa Rica
Costa Rica , officially the Republic of Costa Rica is a multilingual, multiethnic and multicultural country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east....

's Puntarenas Province
Puntarenas Province
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, but is almost extinct in the latter. It is part of the Chibchan
Chibchan languages
The Chibchan languages make up a language family indigenous to the Isthmo-Colombian area, which extends from eastern Honduras to northern Colombia and includes populations of these countries as well as Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama...

 language family, in the Talamanca
Talamanca is one of six cantons that make up the province of Limón in Costa Rica. It is the largest of Costa Rica's 81 cantons, covering an area of , and has a population of 32,555. The county is composed of four districts , with its capital city, Bribrí, located in the Bratsi district...

 branch. There are currently about 3,000 speakers, nearly all of whom speak Spanish
Spanish language
Spanish , also known as Castilian , is a Romance language in the Ibero-Romance group that evolved from several languages and dialects in central-northern Iberia around the 9th century and gradually spread with the expansion of the Kingdom of Castile into central and southern Iberia during the...

 as well. The language is of the OVS type. Its ISO 639
ISO 639
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-3 code is tfr.

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