Zapotec, Mitla

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Didxsaj, East Central Tlacolula Zapotec, East Valley Zapotec
Population

19,500 (1983 SIL). 4,500 in Matatlán (1983 SIL). 190 monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca, Mitla valley.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Santiago Matatlán Zapotec (Matatlán Zapotec). 75% intelligibility of San Juan Guelavía [zab] (most similar). A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].

Typology

SVO or VSO; short and long words, clitics and affixes; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous in some families. All domains among most adults. Oral use in local administration, commerce, some in media, in religious services. All ages. Positive attitudes. 10% also use English [eng]. Shifting to Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 80%–90%. 10% can write it. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 2009.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.