Nahuatl, Western Durango

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Meshikan del occidente, Mexicanero del occidente, Nahuat del Occidente en Durango y Nayarit, Western Durango Aztec
Population

900 (2011 SIL).

Location

Durango, Mezquital municipality, San Agustin de Buenaventura, Curachitos de Buenavista, San Diego, Tepetates II, (Berenjenas), Alacranes, and Tepalcates; Nayarit, Acaponeta municipality, Santa Cruz, La Laguna, Mesa de las Arpas, and El Duraznito.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

85% intelligibility of Eastern Durango Nahuatl [azd], 76% of Michoacan Nahuatl [ncl].

Language Use

Vigorous. The Nayarit communities are more isolated and surrounded by larger language group; there are pockets of the region where the language has fallen into disuse. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 16% (Durango). Community-based literacy project. Bilingual teachers assessing sociolinguistic situation (2007 SIL). Taught in primary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Videos. Grammar.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.