MAZATECO, AYAUTLA: a language of Mexico

The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
It was superseded by the corresponding entry in the 15th edition (2005). See also the corresponding entry in the 16th edition (2009).

SIL code: VMY

ISO 639-2: cai

Population 3,500 speakers including 2,800 monolinguals, others somewhat bilingual (1994 SIL). 
Region Oaxaca, southeastern Teotitlán District, San Bartolomé Ayautla.
Classification Oto-Manguean, Popolocan, Mazatecan.
Comments 80% intelligibility of Huautla, 79% of San Miguel Hualtepec, 40% of Soyaltepec, 37% of Jalapa, 24% of Ixcatlán. All. All ages. A prestige variety. Children play in the language. There is a secondary school. People are interested in literature. There is a bilingual school. Agriculturalists: maize, beans, chile, coffee, vanilla. 2,000 feet.

This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as:
Grimes, Barbara F. (ed.), 2000. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fourteenth edition. Dallas, Texas: SIL International. Online version:

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