Chinantec, Tlacoatzintepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chinanteco del Noroeste, Jau jmai
Population

1,720 (2000 INALI). No monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca state: San Juan Bautista Tlacoatzintepec, San Juan Zapotitlán, San Pedro Alianza, Santiago Quetzalapa.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. 85% intelligibility of Chiltepec [csa] (most similar, lower in outlying areas), 84% of Usila [cuc], 74% of Sochiapan [cso], 15% of Tepetotutla [cnt].

Typology

VSO; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

In Tlacoatzintepec and environs, the children are still growing up speaking Chinantec. (2011 SIL). All ages.

Language Development
Bible portions: 1991–2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].