Huave, San Mateo del Mar

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Huave del oeste
Population

11,000 (2005 census). 1,550 monolinguals.

Location

Southeast coast, Oaxaca, San Mateo del Mar.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Very limited intelligibility of other Huave varieties; 88% of San Dionisio del Mar [hve].

Typology

SVO; short words, affixes; nontonal.

Language Use

All ages. 9,300 also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 60%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1972–1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Legend says they came from Central America.