Chinantec, Comaltepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Jmii’
Population

2,000 (1990 census). 150 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 2,000.

Location

North Oaxaca, Santiago Comaltepec, Soledad Tectitlán, La Esperanza, San Martín Soyolapan, Vista Hermosa (Quiotepec), San Pedro Yolox, Rosario Temextitlán, Maninaltepec.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 69% intelligibility of Quiotepec [chq] (most similar), 7% of Tepetotutla [cnt].

Typology

VSO; short words, affixes; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains, local administration, preschool, religion. Written use to record customs, traditions, history. All ages. Positive attitudes. 80 also use English [eng].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–2%. Literacy rate in L2: 75%. 1%–2% can read, less than 1% can write. Radio programs. Videos. NT: 2002.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].