Nahuatl, Isthmus-Pajapan


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Nahuatl del Istmo bajo, Náhuat de Pajapan, Pajapan Nahuatl

6,800 (2000 INALI). 500 monolinguals.


Veracruz state: Pajapan municipality on Gulf of Mexico, Jicacal, San Juan Volador, Santanón, and Sayultepec towns.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).


None known. 83% intelligibility of Mecayapan (Isthmus Nahuatl) [nhx], 94% of Oteapan (Cosoleacaque) [nhk].

Language Use

Some young families use Nahuatl, others do not teach it to their children. All domains for older speakers. All ages. Negative attitudes. Some also use Spanish [spa]. ; a few also speak a Popoluca language.

Language Development
Taught in primary schools. Grammar. Bible portions: 1990–2009.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

People leave the area for better jobs or trade.

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