Zapotec, Lachixío


A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Dialu, Eastern Sola de Vega Zapotec, Zapoteco de Lachixío

6,500 (1990 census). No monolinguals.


Oaxaca state: Sola de Vega municipality, San Mateo Mixtepec, San Vicente Lachixío, and Santa María Lachixío.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


San Miguel Mixtepec, San Mateo Mixtepec. Southwestern Zimatlán dialect most distinct. 73% intelligibility of San Pedro el Alto [zpp], 80% of San Miguel Mixtepec, 89% of San Mateo Mixtepec, and 99% of San Vicente Lachixío dialect. A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].


VSO; short words, affixes, clitics; tonal.

Language Use

Vigorous. All domains. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2010.

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Some go to the city looking for work. Christian.