Purepecha, Western Highland


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
P’orhe, P’orhépecha, P’urhe, P’urhépecha, Purépecha de la Meseta, Purépecha de las Sierras, Purépecha del Oeste de Sierra Occidental, Tarascan, Tarasco

135,000 (2005 census). 120,000 in Michoacán, 15,000 elsewhere in Mexico (2005 census). Total users in all countries: 180,000.


Michoacán state: Comachuén east, Cañada de los Once Pueblos north, Nuevo Parangaricutiro south; Tarecuato west; Jalisco state: Jilotlan de los Dolores municipality, small border aea.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Cañada de los Once Pueblos, Cantera, Pamatacuaro, Angahuán, Nurío, Arantepacua, Cheran. All Purépecha varieties have functional intelligibility of other Purépecha varieties: the Western varieties have 60%–80% intelligibility of the Eastern. A standard variety is emerging through radio and literature.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1968–2012.

Latin script [Latn].

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