Huastec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Teenek, Tenek, Tének
Population

131,000 (2000 INALI).

Location

Northern Veracruz-Llave, 60 villages; San Luis Potosí, 12 villages; east of Huasteco Veracruz-Llave, 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

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Huasteco de Tantoyuca, Huasteco de Veracruz, 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 Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl [nhe], Spanish [spa].

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

Latin script [Latn].