Me’phaa, Malinaltepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Malinaltepec Tlapanec, Me’phaa, Tlapaneco, Tlapaneco central bajo, Tlapaneco de Malinaltepec
Population

37,500 (2000 INALI). 8,000 monolinguals (2011 SIL).

Location

East Guerrero, Malinaltepec, south of Tlapa de Comonfort, Malinaltepec municipality, Malinaltepec, El Tejocote, Moyotepec, Ojo de Agua, Paraje Montero, Colombia de Guadalupe, Tierra Colorada, and El Rincón; Iliatenco municipality, Iliatenco, Cruztomáhuac, San José Vista Hermosa, Alchipáhuac, and Aserradero; San Luís Acatlán municipality, Pueblo Hidalgo and Pascala del Oro; Atlamajalcingo del Monte municipality, Huehuetepec, Zilacayotitlán, and San Isidro Labrador; Metlatónoc municipality, San Juan Puerto Montaña, Francisco I. Madero, and Juanacatlán; Tlapa municipality, San Pedro Acatlán, Santa María Tonaya, and Las Pilas; Acapulco municipality, San Martín del Jovero.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Huehuetepec (Mè’phàà Bátháá, Smájíín, Tlapaneco de Huehuetepec, Tlapaneco de Zilacayotitlán, Tlapaneco del este, Zilacayotitlán, Zilacayotitlán Tlapanec). Malinaltepec has 50% intelligibility of Tlacoapa [tpl]. Speakers define 9 varieties of Me’phaa, of which 2 are included in Malinaltepec Me’phaa.

Language Use

Homes, local government, community.

Language Development
Radio programs. Grammar. Bible portions: 1994.
Writing
Latin script.