Zoque, Francisco León


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Santa Magdalena Zoque, Zoque de Francisco León

20,000 (1990 census).


Four separate enclaves in 4 states; largest, northwest Mezcalapa Chiapas, into Tabasco, Veracruz-Llave, and Oaxaca, mainly near Grijalve river, Sayula area; second area, southern Mezcalapa Chiapas, Grijalve river near Argostura reservoir; third, eastern Mezcalapa Chiapas and Tabasco states, area surrounding northwest Guatemala tip, west bank, San Antonio river and Laguna de Naja; fourth, west central Mezcalapa Chiapas, upper reaches, Grijalve river.

Language Maps
Language Status

6a* (Vigorous).


Chapultenango, San Pedro Yaspac. Reportedly similar to Copainalá [zoc].


Long words, affixes; nontonal.

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1978–1985.


Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Relocated after El Chicón volcano eruption in 1982; Francisco León, the original town, is buried.

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