Mayo

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A language of Mexico

Population

32,900 (2000 INALI). 120 monolinguals (1995 census). Ethnic population: 100,000 (1983).

Location

South Sonora coast, Navojoa (Huatabampo) Area; north Sinaloa (Los Mochis, Guasave, San José Ríos, north of Guamuchil). 100 villages or more.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

90% intelligibility of Yaqui [yaq].

Typology

SOV; medium word length, clitics, affixes; nontonal

Language Use

Government scholarships offered to young people who demonstrate Mayo proficiency. Mainly older adults. Negative to neutral attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 2%. Literacy rate in L2: 20%. Radio programs. Dictionary. Bible portions: 1962–2000.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Mayo people reticent to identify as Mayo. Monolinguals avoid contact with outsiders. Prefer Mayo. Traditional religion, Christian.