Otomi, Eastern Highland

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Eastern Otomi, Otomí de Huehuetla, Otomí de la Sierra, Otomi de la Sierra Madre Oriental, Otomi de la Sierra Oriental, Otomí del Oriente, Sierra Oriental Otomi, Yuhu
Population

49,300 (2007). 4,700 monolinguals.

Location

Otomi-Tepehua, Otomi de la Sierra Baja, Veracruz municipalities, Ixhuatlan de Madero and Tlachichilco; Hidalgo municipalities, Huehuetla and San Bartolo Tutotepec; Puebla municipalities, Pantepec, Tlaxco, Tlacuilotepec and Pahuatlan.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 81% intelligibility of Tenango [otn] (most similar), 51% of Mezquital [ote], 70%–79% of Texcatepec [otx].

Typology

VOS; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Indigenous teachers teach L1 literacy. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1974–2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.