Chinantec, Sochiapam

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Chinanteco del Oeste, Jaú jm_, Jmiih kia’ dzä jii’, Sochiapan Chinantec
Population

3,590 (2000 INALI). No monolinguals (1990 census). Ethnic population: 6,300.

Location

Oaxaca state: Cuicatlán, Retumbadero, San Juan Zapotitlán, San Juan Zautla, San Pedro Sochiapan and Santiago Quetzalapa.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. 66% intelligibility of Tlacoatzintepec [ctl] (most similar), 56% of Chiltepec [csa], 45% of Usila [cuc], 11% of Tepetotutla [cnt].

Typology

VSO; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. A few also use English [eng].

Language Development
20% can read, 10% can write–all in San Pedro Sochiapam. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1986.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Self-name is tsá2 há2lí13–people (where) wild flowers (grow). Transients go to Mexico City to work as maids, gardeners, or laborers, but the majority return and settle down in the villages. Christian, traditional religion.

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