Huave, San Mateo del Mar

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Huave del Oeste, Ombeayiüts
Population

11,000 (2005 census). 1,550 monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca state: San Mateo del Mar; southeast coast.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

None known. Very limited intelligibility of other Huave varieties; 88% of San Dionisio del Mar [hve].

Typology

SVO; short words, affixes; nontonal.

Language Use

All ages. Most also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 60%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%. Poetry. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1972–1996.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Legend says they came from Central America.

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