Nahuatl, Isthmus-Pajapan


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Náhuat de Pajapan

7,000 (1990 census). 500 monolinguals.


Veracruz, Pajapan, 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.