Amuzgo, Guerrero


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Amuzgo de Guerrero, Jñom’ndaa, Nomndaa, Ñonda

45,900 (2011 UNSD). 10,000 monolinguals (1990 census).


Guerrero state: Xochistlahuaca municipality, Cochoapa, Cozoyoapan, Guadalupe Victoria, Huehuetonoc, Huistepec, Rancho del Cura, Tlacoachistlahuaca, and Zacoalpan. Santa Catarina river separates Guerrero variety from Oaxaca varieties.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Amuzgo del Norte, Amuzgo del Sur. Most towns in Guerrero understand the Amuzgo spoken in Xochistlahuaca (Amuzgo del Norte). Huixtepec is a Guerrero town but has various dialectical differences (Amuzgo del Sur).


VSO; short word, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains: some local adminstration, business. Used by all. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa], becoming more proficient with education.

Language Development

Literacy rate in L1: 10% adults, 15% children. Literacy rate in L2: 30% adults; 80% children. 5,000 readers, 500 can write. Bilingual school system grades 1 to 6. Literature. Radio. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1973–2001.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Many youth leave the area to find work. Christian.

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