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Mixteco, Alacatlatzala

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  • Language: Mixteco, Alacatlatzala
  • Alternate names: HIGHLAND GUERRERO MIXTECO, ALACATLATZALA MIXTEC
  • SIL-code: Ethnologue:mim
  • Language family: Oto-Manguean, Mixtecan, Mixtec-Cuicatec, Mixtec
  • Number of speakers: 20,000
  • Script: -

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Introduction

65% to 85% intelligibility with Metlatonoc?. Some had 70% intelligibility of Silacayoapan?.

Bilingual level estimates for Spanish are 0 60%, 1 20%, 2 19%, 3 1%, 4 0%, 5 0%. They switch to Spanish when trying to communicate with people from Silacayoapan. About 20% (nearly all men) speak some Spanish for trade, travel, or work outside the area. Less than 5% are bilingual in Tlapaneco or Náhuatl resulting from intermarriage.

Mixteco is the language of choice in nearly all domains; at home, in local shops, among officials in the town hall for business, for teaching in the classroom even though materials are in Spanish. High appreciation for Mixteco among speakers. Investigation needed: intelligibility with Coicoyán (San Martín Peras). Dictionary. VSO, tonal, short words, clitics. Literacy rate in first language: 5%. Literacy rate in second language: 30%. Desire for literacy in either language is somewhat limited. Some adaptation of materials for Potoichan may be needed. Scrub and pine forest. Mountain slope. Peasant agriculturalists. 1,076 to 2,153 meters. Bible portions 1990-1998.


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