Nahuatl, Tabasco

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Tabasco Nahuat is not extinct

Magnus Pharao Hansen, Sun, 2014-06-08 17:32
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I write to ask you to change the information that Tabasco Nahuat is extinct. It is moribund but alive. There are at least 30-50 speakers, in Paso de Cupilco and La Lagartera in the municipium of Comalcalco, Tabasco and I interviewed five today. Most of them are above the age of 70 but there are speakers in the 40s and passive speakers that are younger. One of the speakers are Fermin Cruz Alvarez, in his late 40es, has worked with Terrence Kaufman's PDLMA project for the past 10 years on documentation, and has even published a small wordlist through the CDI. He has also worked with INALI and the lingust Mauricio Pico. All the former will be able to confirm that the language is not extinct. The fact that you list the language as extinct may prevent the language from receiving attention from other linguists and contribute to the marginalization of the remaining speakers, so please update the listing as soon as possible.
Editorial Action
We will change the information we currently have in our database for the Tabasco Nahuatl [nhc] language in Mexico for the 18th edition. This will include adding a L1 speaker population and changing the EGIDS from extinct to 8a (Moribund).