Amuzgo, Guerrero


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Jñom’ndaa, Nomndaa, Ñomndaa, Ñonda

30,600 (2000 INALI). 19,900 Amuzgo del Norte speakers, 12,700 Amuzgo del Sur speakers (2000 INALI). 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. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

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. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1973–2001.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Many youth leave the area to find work. Christian.

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