Chontal, Lowland Oaxaca

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chontal de la Costa de Oaxaca, Chontal de Oaxaca de la costa, Huamelula Chontal, Huamelulteco, Lajltyaygi, Yocot’an
Population

1,060 (2000 INALI). No monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca state: Tehuantepec district, San Pedro Huamelula and Santiago Astata.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).

Typology

VSO; medium long words, affixes, clitics; nontonal.

Language Use

Endangered. Simple greetings, ritual speech. Not learned by children as L1. Users are over 70 years old. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Most children and young adults in Spanish [spa]. Grammar. Bible portions: 1955.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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