A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Eastern Lake Purepecha, P’orhe, P’orhépecha, P’urhe, P’urhépecha, Phorhépecha, Porhé, P’orhepecha, Purépecha de la Zona Lacustre, P’urhepecha, Tarascan, Tarasco

40,000 in Mexico (2005 census). Total users in all countries: 55,000.


Michoacán state: Lake Pátzcuaro area, Cuanajo southeast edge, San Francisco Pichataro west edge, and Zipiajo north edge.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Cuanajo, Ihuatzio, Isla Janitzio, San Jeronimo, Puacuaro, Cienega de Zacapu. All Purépecha varieties have functional intelligibility of other Purépecha varieties; Eastern varieties have 60%–80% intelligibility of the Western. A standard variety is emerging through radio and literature.

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Poetry. Newspapers. New media. Radio programs. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1969–2012.

Latin script [Latn].

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