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 in Mexico (1990 census). Total users in all countries: 28,500.


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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