Popoloca, San Felipe Otlaltepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Popoloca de San Felipe Otlaltepec, Popoloca del Poniente, Western Popoloca
Population

3,000 (2000 SIL). 50 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 6,590.

Location

Puebla, San Felipe Otlaltepec, Santa María Nativitas, and Huejonapan towns.

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Language Status

7 (Shifting).

Dialects

Huejonapan, Santa María Nativitas.

Typology

SVO; long words, affixes; nontonal.

Language Use

Parents do not pass it on to children. Local administration, commerce, religious services. Mainly adults. Mixed attitudes. Older people want to use Popoloca, but it has low prestige among younger people. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Bible portions: 1955–1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

People leave the area for schooling and jobs.