Chinantec, Usila

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chinanteco del oeste central alto
Population

7,410 (2000 INALI). 2,200 monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca, San Felipe Usila plus 12 towns; Veracruz, Pueblo Doce.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

48% intelligibility of Tlacoatzintepec [ctl] (most similar), 33% of Palantla [cpa], 32% of Sochiapan [cso], 31% of Ojitlán [chj].

Typology

VSO; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1983.
Writing
Latin script.