Nahuatl, Isthmus-Pajapan


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Náhuat de Pajapan

7,000 (1990 census). 500 monolinguals.


Veracruz-Llave, south coast, Gulf of Mexico, Pajapan area; also in San Juan Volador, Santanón, Sayultepec, and Jicacal towns.

Language Maps
Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. 83% intelligibility of Mecayapan (Isthmus Nahuatl) [nhx], 94% of Oteapan (Cosoleacaque) [nhk].

Language Use

Some young families use Nahuatl, others do not teach it to their children. All domains for older speakers. All ages. Negative attitudes. Some also use Spanish [spa]; a few also speak a Popoluca language.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Bible portions: 1990–2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

People leave the area for better jobs or trade.