Huave, Santa María del Mar

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Huave del oeste
Population

500 (1993 SIL).

Location

Southeast coast, Oaxaca, Santa María del Mar.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

None known. Very limited intelligibility of other Huave, although most similar to San Dionisio [hve].

Typology

Nontonal.

Language Use

Children do not grow up speaking Huave. But when they become adults they all learn it in order to function in the culture (2011 J. Williams). Children learn Spanish first, but learn Huave by adulthood, because adults speak Huave.

Writing

Unwritten [Qaax].