Purepecha

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Eastern Lake Purepecha, P’orhe, P’orhépecha, P’urhe, P’urhépecha, Phorhépecha, Porhé, Purépecha de la Zona Lacustre, Tarascan, Tarasco
Population

40,000 in Mexico (2005 census). Population total all countries: 55,000.

Location

Michoacán, Lake Pátzcuaro area, Cuanajo southeast edge, San Francisco Pichataro west edge, and Zipiajo north edge. Also in United States.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Cienega de Zacapu, Cuanajo, Ihuatzio, Isla Janitzio, Puacuaro, San Jeronimo. All Purépecha varieties have functional intelligibility of other Purépecha varieties; Eastern varieties have 60%–80% intelligibility of the Western. A standard variety is emerging through radio and literature.

Language Use

All domains. All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Poetry. Newspapers. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1969–2012.
Writing
Latin script.

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