Popoloca, Mezontla


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Los Reyes Metzontla Popoloca, Ngiba, Ngigua, Ngiwa, Popoloca de Mezontla, Southern Popoloca

2,000 (1993 SIL).


Puebla state: southwest of Tehuacan city, 1 town; Oaxaca state: border area.

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Language Status

8a (Moribund).


None known. 52% intelligibility of Atzingo Popoloca [poe], 35% of Tlacoyalco (Northern Popoloca) [pls], 11% of Otlaltepec [pow].

Language Use

Less than 20% of the people can understand the language; 10% can speak it some and only 10 individuals speak it well, according to the village president (1994 SIL). Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Grammar.


Unwritten [Qaax].

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