Nahuatl, Michoacán


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Gente natural, Mexicano, Michoacan Aztec, Nahual de Michoacán

3,000 (1990 census).


Michoacán state: Maruata Pómaro on Pacific ocean coast.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


SVO, VSO; long words, affixes, agglutinative, 4 possible prefixes for verbs, 7 possible suffixes, 2 causatives, 1 having 2 forms; little-used passive, plural forms for nouns, depending on the noun class, adjectives follow nouns, some adjectives are verb forms, device for making Spanish infinitives into Aztec third person present indicative.

Language Use

All ages. Mixed attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10% (mainly children). Literacy rate in L2: 35%. Not preferred for written communication. Secondary school, teachers encourage the reading of Nahuatl. NT: 1998.

Latin script [Latn].

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