Popoloca, San Felipe Otlaltepec


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Popoloca de San Felipe Otlaltepec, Popoloca del Poniente, Western Popoloca

3,000 (2000 SIL). 50 monolinguals. Ethnic population: 6,590.


Puebla, San Felipe Otlaltepec, Santa María Nativitas, and Huejonapan towns.

Language Maps
Language Status

7 (Shifting).


Huejonapan, Santa María Nativitas.


SVO; long words, affixes; nontonal.

Language Use

Parents do not pass it on to children. Local administration, commerce, religious services. Mainly adults. Mixed attitudes. Older people want to use Popoloca, but it has low prestige among younger people. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%–5%. Literacy rate in L2: 25%–50%. Bible portions: 1955–1996.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

People leave the area for schooling and jobs.