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Zapotec, Amatlán

A language of Mexico

ISO 639-3: zpo

Population 6,000 (2000 SIL). 30% are monolingual.
Region Southern Oaxaca, east of Miahuatlán, 3 towns.
Alternate names   Zapoteco del Noreste de Miahuatlán, Zapoteco de San Cristóbal Amatlán, Dizhe
Dialects Closest to Loxicha.
Classification Oto-Manguean, Zapotecan, Zapotec
Language use Vigorous. A few Spanish speakers who live there can speak it. All domains. Oral use in local administration, commerce, oral literature. Some oral and written use in religious services. Written use in stories. All ages. Fluency in Spanish has increased, but people still prefer Zapotec. Bilingual level estimates for Spanish: 0 60%, 1 20%, 2 15%, 3 4%, 4 1%, 5 0%. A few can also speak other forms of Zapotec.
Language development Literacy rate in first language: 0.08%. Literacy rate in second language: 35%. 500 can read and write it. NT: 2002.
Comments Speakers leave the area to find work. Some return. VSO; short words; tonal. Mountain slope. Gallery forest. 1,690 meters. Pastoralists; peasant agriculturalists.