Purepecha, Western Highland

Print

A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
P’orhe, P’orhépecha, P’urhe, P’urhépecha, Purépecha de la Meseta, Purépecha de las Sierras, Purépecha del Oeste de Sierra Occidental, Tarascan, Tarasco
Population

135,000 in Mexico (2005 census). 120,000 in Michoacán, 15,000 elsewhere in Mexico (2005 census). Population total all countries: 180,000.

Location

Michoacán de Ocampo State, Tarecuato west edge, Cañada de los Once Pueblos north edge, Comachuén east edge, and Nuevo Parangaricutiro south edge; southeastern Jalisco, Jilotlan de los Dolores municipality, small border aea.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Angahuán, Arantepacua, Cañada de los Once Pueblos, Cantera, Cheran, Nurío, Pamatacuaro. All Purépecha varieties have functional intelligibility of other Purépecha varieties: the Western varieties have 60%–80% intelligibility of the Eastern. A standard variety is emerging through radio and literature.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. New media. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1968.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].