Mazatec, San Jerónimo Tecóatl

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mazateco de San Antonio Eloxochitlán, Mazateco de San Jerónimo Tecóatl, Mazateco del oeste, Northern Highland Mazatec
Population

18,900 (2000 INALI). 20%–25% monolingual. 4,000 in state of Puebla.

Location

Oaxaca, San Jerónimo Tecóatl, San Lucas Zoquiapan, Santa Cruz Acatepec, San Antonio Eloxochitlán, San Pedro Ocopetatillo, San Lorenzo, and Santa Ana municipalities; a few in Puebla and San Sebastian Tlacotepec municipalities. 12 towns.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

San Antonio Eloxochitlán Mazatec, San Francisco Huehuetlán Mazatec, San Jerónimo Tecóatl Mazatec, San Lorenzo Cuanecuiltitla Mazatec, San Lucas Zoquiapan Mazatec, San Pedro Ocopetatillo Mazatec, Santa Ana Ateixtlahuaca Mazatec, Santa Cruz Acatepec Mazatec. 76% intelligibility of Huautla [mau] (most similar), 26% of Jalapa [maj].

Typology

VSO; nouns up to 2 syllables; long verbs, affixes, clitics; tonal

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Some initiatives to teach Mazatec in primary school. Materials being prepared for adult education in Mazatec. Taught in primary schools. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2012.
Writing
Latin script.