Chinantec, Lealao

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chinanteco de San Juan Lealao
Population

2,000 (1990 census). 500 monolinguals.

Location

Northeast Oaxaca, San Juan Lealao, Latani, Tres Arroyos, and La Hondura.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Considered most divergent Chinantec language.

Typology

VOS; short words, affixes; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Negative attitudes. Consider it inferior to Spanish [spa], but continue to use it.

Language Development
150 readers, 25 can write. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1980–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Christian, traditional religion.