Zapotec, Xanaguía

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A language of Mexico

Alternate Names
Diidz Zë, Zapoteco de Santa Catarina Xanaguía
Population

2,500 (1990 census). 880 monolinguals. Mainly older women.

Location

Oaxaca state: southeast Miahuatlán, San Francisco Ozolotepec, and San José Ozolotepec, Santa Catarina Xanaguía.

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Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

None known. A few phonological and lexical differences between San Francisco and San José areas. A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap].

Typology

VSO.

Language Use

Vigorous. A few users of other languages have married into and speak it. Home, local administration, commerce, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 1%. Literacy rate in L2: 10%. Bible portions: 1996–2014.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Many women over 40 and some men have no education. People leave the area for jobs. Christian, traditional religion.

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