Mixtec, Ixtayutla

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mixteco de Santiago Ixtayutla, Northeastern Jamiltepec Mixtec
Population

6,380 (2000 INALI). 3,800 monolinguals (2005 census).

Location

Oaxaca, Jamiltepec district, Santiago Ixtayutla, Ixtayutla, El Carasol, El Huamuche, La Humedad, Llano Escondido, Llano Verde, El Mosco, Pueblo Viejo, San Lucas, Xiniyuba, Yucuy√°, Las Limas, Macahuite, Nuyuku, Olintepec, Yomuche, Carasul, and Frutillo.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

79% intelligibility of Amoltepec [mbz], 59% of Chayuco [mih], 49% of Jamiltepec [mxt], 40% of San Juan Colorado [mjc], 30% of Zacatepec [mza].

Typology

VSO; prepositions; head-genitive; article-noun, number-noun, noun-adj; question word initial; tonal with lots of tone sandhi; minimal phonological word contains 2 moras; clitic pronouns attach to words from various grammatical categories

Language Use

Home, friends, work. Also use Amoltepec Mixtec [mbz], other coastal Mixtecs; they are quite proficient in Jamiltepec Mixtec [mxt], a neighboring language. Prefer Mixtec varities over Spanish [spa], except in the municipal capital, Ixtayutla, where some people prefer Spanish.

Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

School through 6th grade in Ixtayutla. Some settlements have schools. Christian, traditional religion.