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Purepecha

A language of Mexico

ISO 639-3tsz

Population  40,000 in Mexico (2005 census). Population total all countries: 40,850.
Region  Michoacán. Also in United States.
Language map  Mexico, reference number 28
Alternate names   Phorhépecha, Porhé, Tarascan, Tarasco
Dialects  Cuanajo, Ihuatzio, Isla Janitzio, San Jeronimo, Puacuaro, Cienega de Zacapu. All Purépecha varieties have functional intelligibility with other Purépecha varieties; Eastern varieties have 60%–80% intelligibility with the Western. A standard variety is emerging through radio and literature.
Classification  Tarascan
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1969.
Writing system  Latin script.

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United States

Language name   Purepecha
Population  850 in United States (2000 census).
Region  California, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee.