Zapotec, Mitla


A language of Mexico

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

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


Oaxaca, Mitla valley.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


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


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.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.