Zapotec, Cajonos


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Southern Villa Alta Zapotec, Yaganiza Zapotec, Zapoteco de San Pedro Cajonos

5,000 (1993 SIL). Many monolinguals.


Oaxaca state: San Francisco Cajonos, San Mateo Cajonos, San Miguel Cajonos, San Pablo Yaganiza, San Pedro Cajonos, and Xagacía.

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Language Status

5 (Developing).


Cajonos Zapotec, Yaganiza, Xagacía Zapotec, San Mateo Zapotec. Yaganiza and Xagacía dialects are similar. Major differences between those and the other 4 towns; adaptation of literature probably needed. San Pedro Cajonos dialect has 73% intelligibility of Zoogocho [zpq] (most similar other Zapotec). A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].


VSO; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Used as L2 by Santa Catarina Albarradas Zapotec [ztn].

Language Development
Bilingual primary school. Dictionary. NT: 2011.

Latin script [Latn].

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