Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Valley


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Guelavía, San Juan Guelavía Zapotec, Western Tlacolula Zapotec, Zapoteco de San Juan, Zapoteco de Tlacolula occidental

28,000 (1990 census).


Oaxaca state: central.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Jalieza Zapotec, Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec (San Marcos Tlapazola Zapotec, Tlacolula Valley Zapotec), San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec, San Martín Tilcajete Zapotec, Santa Ana del Valle Zapotec. 20% intelligibility of Santa Inés Yatzechi [zpn] (most similar); Jalieza 99% of Western Tlacolula Valley; Teotitlán del Valle 100% of Western Tlacolula Valley, but Western Tlacolula Valley only 59% of Teotitlán del Valle. A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].


VSO; affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Dictionary. NT: 1995.

Latin script [Latn].

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