Pame, Northern

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Pame del Norte, Xi’iuy
Population

5,620 (2000).

Location

San Luis Potosí state: Alaquines, Ciudad del Maíz, Rayón, Tamasopo municipalities.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

10%–15% intelligibility of Santa María Acapulco (Central Pame) [pbs]. Subdialects include Agua Puerca and Cuesta Blanca.

Typology

SVO; pitch-accent; complex morphology.

Language Use

Northern Pame has more bilingualism than Central Pame [pbs] or Southern Pame [pmz], and only three or four villages where there are monolingual Pame-speaking children. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2007.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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