Totonac, Tecpatlán

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A language of Mexico

Autonym
Totonaca
Population

540 (2000 census). 110 monolinguals.

Location

Puebla state: Tecpatlán village, 2 communities northwest on Necaxa river tributary.

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Language Status

6b (Threatened).

Dialects

None known. Most similar to Upper Necaxa Totonac [tku]. The 600-member community of Tecpatlán has 540 who identify themselves as local-language speakers. High levels of bilingualism in Nahuatl. Many may be primarily Nahuatl speakers. Northern Totonac [too] materials are reportedly difficult to understand.

Language Use

Moderate use. Not all parents pass it on to children. Local administration, commerce, religion. Some young people, all adults. Neutral attitudes. Most also use Spanish [spa], especially in schools. A few may also speak Nahuatl.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 30%. NT: 1999.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Young people must leave to find jobs.

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