Chinantec, Tepinapa


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chinanteco del sureste medio

11,800 (2000 INALI). 1,500 monolinguals.


Oaxaca, Choapan district, Santiago Jocotepec municipality, San Pedro Tepinapa Ejidal, San Pedro Tepinapa Comunal (locally known as Monte de Oro), and Linda Vista; San Juan Petlapa municipality, Santa María Lovani, San Juan Toavela, and Santa Isabel Cajonos. Very remote.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a (Vigorous).


None known. 87%–68% intelligibility of Lalana [cnl], 24% of Lealao [cle], 23% of Ozumacín [chz].

Language Use

Vigorous. All ages. Half of the population also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Taught in primary and secondary schools.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

All villages have less than 6 grades of primary school. Tepinapa Ejidal has 3 years of secondary school.