Me’phaa, Acatepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Acatepec Tlapanec, Me’pa, Me’pa Wí’ìn, Me’phaa, Tlapaneco de Acatepec, Tlapaneco del suroeste, Western Tlapanec
Population

40,200 (2005 INALI). 15,000 monolinguals.

Location

Guerrero, southwest of Tlapa de Comonfort, Acatepec municipality, Acatepec, Apetzuca, Barranca Pobre, Llano Grande, Mezcaltepec, Tres Cruces, Caxitepec, Xilotlancingo, El Fuereño, and Escalería Zapata; Ayutla municipality, El Salto, El Camlote, and Plan de Gatica; Zapotitlán municipality( and dialect), Zapotitlán Tablas, Huixtlazala, and Escalería Lagunas; Atlixtac municipality, Huitzapula (and dialect); Atlixtac municipality (Teocuitlapa dialect), Caxitepec, Tonalapa, and Zoquitlán; Quechultenango municipality, El Tojoruco, Nanzintla, and Platanillo.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Acatepec, Huitzapula (Me’phàà Àguàà, Tlapaneco de Huitzapula, Tlapaneco del noroeste alto), Nanzintla (Me’phàà Murúxìì, Tlapaneco de Nanzintla, Tlapaneco del oeste), Teocuitlapa (Me’phaa Xma’íín, Tlapaneco de Teocuitlapa, Tlapaneco de Zoquitlán, Tlapaneco del noroeste bajo), Zapotitlán Tablas (Me’phàà Xìrágáá, Tlapaneco de Zapotitlán, Tlapaneco del norte). 83% intelligibility of Malinaltepec [tcf], 79% of Tlacoapa [tpl].

Language Development
Community resistance to use of primary school materials in L1. Many bilingual school teachers from Malinaltepec.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Primary schools in most towns, secondary and preparatory schools in major centers.