Tepehuan, Southeastern

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Tepehuán del Sureste, Tepehuano
Population

10,600 (2005 census).

Location

Southeast Durango, Mezquital municipality. Santa María Ocotán is cultural and religious center.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 78% intelligibility of Southwestern Tepehuan [tla].

Typology

VSO, VOS; long words, affixes, clitics; nontonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. Learned by Durango Nahuatl [azn] speakers due to intermarriage. Their children usually speak both languages. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa]. Used as L2 by Eastern Durango Nahuatl [azd].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 15%–20%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2008.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Migrate to the Pacific coast for temporary labor in the spring. Christian, traditional religion.