Mazatec, Soyaltepec

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Mazateco de San Miguel Soyaltepec, Mazateco de Temascal, Mazateco del noreste
Population

27,500 (2000 INALI). 7% monolinguals. Original Soyaltepec variety may only be 900, mostly monolingual.

Location

Oaxaca, northwest Tuxtepec district, Soyaltepec municipality, Santa María Jacatepec and San Miguel Soyaltepec towns, Soyaltepec island.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

5% intelligibility of Chiquihuitlán [maq].

Language Use

All ages. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Bilingual primary and secondary school on the Island.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Dam built in 1954, resulted in many other Mazatec varieties moving into the municipality. Soyaltepec Island has the least mixture.