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Zapotec, Yatzachi

A language of Mexico

ISO 639-3zav

Population  2,500 in Mexico (1990 census).
Region  North central Oaxaca, Yatzachi el Bajo, Yatzachi el Alto, Xoochixtepec, Yohueche, Zoochina, Zoochila, Yalina. Also in United States.
Language map  Southern Central Mexico, reference number 243
Alternate names   Villa Alta Zapotec, Zapoteco de Yatzachi
Dialects  90% intelligibility with Zoogocho [zpq] on narrative, 85% with Cajonos [zad] (Southern Villa Alta) and Yalálag [zpu]; somewhat with Solaga and Tabaa [zat].
Classification  Oto-Manguean, Zapotecan, Zapotec
A member of macrolanguage Zapotec [zap] (Mexico).
Language development  Literacy rate in L1: 30%. Literacy rate in L2: 60%. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1971.
Writing system  Latin script.
Comments  VSO; long words, affixes, clitics; tonal. Peasant agriculturalists in Oaxaca; wage laborers outside.