A language of Mexico

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

40,000 in Mexico (2005 census). Population total all countries: 55,000.


Michoacán de Ocampo State, Lake Pátzcuaro area, Cuanajo southeast edge, San Francisco Pichataro west edge, and Zipiajo north edge.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Cienega de Zacapu, Cuanajo, Ihuatzio, Isla Janitzio, Puacuaro, San Jeronimo. 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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