Mazatec, San Jerónimo Tecóatl

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mazateco de San Antonio Eloxochitlán, Mazateco de San Jerónimo Tecóatl, Mazateco del Oeste, Northern Highland Mazatec
Population

18,900 (2000 INALI). 4,000 in state of Puebla. 3,780 monolinguals.

Location

Oaxaca state: San Antonio Eloxochitlán, San Jerónimo Tecóatl, San Lorenzo, San Lucas Zoquiapan, San Pedro Ocopetatillo, Santa Ana, and Santa Cruz Acatepec municipalities; a few in Puebla and San Sebastian Tlacotepec municipalities. 12 towns.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

San Jerónimo Tecóatl Mazatec, San Antonio Eloxochitlán Mazatec, San Lucas Zoquiapan Mazatec, Santa Cruz Acatepec Mazatec, San Pedro Ocopetatillo Mazatec, San Lorenzo Cuanecuiltitla Mazatec, Santa Ana Ateixtlahuaca Mazatec, San Francisco Huehuetlán Mazatec. 76% intelligibility of Huautla [mau] (most similar), 26% of Jalapa [maj].

Typology

VSO; nouns up to 2 syllables; long verbs, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Some initiatives to teach Mazatec in primary school. Materials being prepared for adult education in Mazatec. Taught in primary schools. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2012.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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