Huastec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Huasteco de Tantoyuca, Huasteco de Veracruz
Population

131,000 (2000 INALI).

Location

Northern Veracruz. 60 villages; San Luís Potosí. 12 villages; east of Huasteco Veracruz, Cerro Azul on southeast edge, Tepetzintla on south edge, Tantima on north edge, Santa María Ixcatepec on west edge, San Francisco Chontla, Tancoco, Amatlán Tuxpan, Galeana y Zaragoza Vieja, and Tamiahua.

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Language Status

4 (Educational).

Dialects

San Luis Potosi Huastec (Potosino Huastec), Southeastern Huastec (Huasteco de San Francisco Chontla). Sociological factors require literature in Veracruz variety of Huastec.

Typology

SVO; short words, affixes, clitics; nontonal

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa] or Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl [nhe].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: Below 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 52%. Newspapers. Dictionary. NT: 1970–2005.
Writing
Latin script.