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Tepehuan, Southeastern

A language of Mexico

ISO 639-3stp

Population  10,600 (2005 census).
Region  Southeast Durango, Mezquital Municipality. Santa María Ocotán is cultural and religious center.
Language map  Mexico, reference number 25
Alternate names   Tepehuán del Sureste, Tepehuano
Dialects  78% intelligibility with Southwestern Tepehuan [tla].
Classification  Uto-Aztecan, Southern Uto-Aztecan, Sonoran, Tepiman, Southern Tepehuan
Language use  Vigorous. Learned by Durango Nahuatl speakers due to intermarriage. Their children usually speak both languages. All domains. All ages. Positive attitude.
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 5%–7%. Literacy rate in L2: 50%. Taught in primary schools. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 2005.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  They go to the Pacific coast for temporary labor in the spring. VSO, VOS; long words, affixes, clitics; nontonal. Pastoralists; peasant agriculturalists. Christian, traditional religion.