Zapotec, Cajonos


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Southern Villa Alta Zapotec, Yaganiza Zapotec, Zapoteco de San Pedro Cajonos

5,000 in Mexico (1993 SIL). Many monolinguals.


North Oaxaca, San Pedro Cajonos, San Francisco Cajonos, San Mateo Cajonos, San Miguel Cajonos, San Pablo Yaganiza, and Xagacía towns.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Cajonos Zapotec, San Mateo Zapotec, Xagacía Zapotec, Yaganiza. Yaganiza and Xagacía dialects are similar. Major differences between those and the other 4 towns; adaptation of literature probably needed. San Pedro Cajonos dialect has 73% intelligibility of Zoogocho [zpq] (most similar other Zapotec). A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].


VSO; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Santa Catarina Albarradas Zapotec [ztn].

Language Development
Bilingual primary school. Dictionary. NT: 2011.

Latin script [Latn].