Mazahua, Central

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mazahua de oriente
Population

74,000 (2000 INALI).

Location

West and northwest state of Mexico.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Atlacomulco-Temascalcingo, San Miguel Tenoxtitlán, Santa María Citendejé-Banos. The Atlacomulco-Temascalcingo dialect uses different kinship terms, has phonological differences, grammatical variation among towns. 85%–100% intelligibility among dialects.

Typology

VSO, (usually VS or VO); short words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 35%. NT: 1970–2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.