Chontal, Lowland Oaxaca


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chontal de la Costa de Oaxaca, Chontal de Oaxaca de la costa, Huamelula Chontal, Huamelulteco, Lajltyaygi, Yocot’an

1,060 (2000 INALI). No monolinguals.


Oaxaca state: Tehuantepec district, San Pedro Huamelula and Santiago Astata.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).


VSO; medium long words, affixes, clitics; nontonal.

Language Use

Endangered. Simple greetings, ritual speech. Not learned by children as L1. Users are over 70 years old. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: Most children and young adults in Spanish [spa]. Grammar. Bible portions: 1955.

Latin script [Latn].

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