|Region||Jalpa de Méndez, Tabasco|
Ayapa Zoque (Ayapaneco), or Tabasco Zoque, is a nearly extinct Zoquean language of Ayapa, a village 10 km east of Comalcalco, in Tabasco, Mexico. The native name is Nuumte Oote 'True Voice'. A vibrant, albeit minority, language until the middle of the 20th century, the language suffered after the introduction of compulsory education in Spanish, urbanisation, and migration of its speakers. As of 2011, only two people still spoke Ayapaneco fluently, Manuel Segovia (b. ca 1936) and Isidro Velasquez (b. ca 1942).
Daniel Suslak, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University, is one of the linguists working to prepare the first dictionary of the language; his efforts have been hampered by the fact that Mssrs. Segovia and Velazquez do not like each other and refuse to speak, even as part of a recorded conversation for research purposes. The Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas (INALI) (also known as the National Indigenous Languages Institute) has also shown its interest in revitalising the language.
- Jo Tuckman (2011-04-13). "Language at risk of dying out – the last two speakers aren't talking". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Suslak, D. F. (2011), Ayapan Echoes: Linguistic Persistence and Loss in Tabasco, Mexico. American Anthropologist, 113: 569–581. doi: 10.1111/j.1548-1433.2011.01370.x
- "Anthropology Department of the Indiana University". 2011-02-08. Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-14.
- Indiana University Minority Languages & Cultures of Latin America & the Caribbean Program
- National Indigenous Languages Institute (Spanish)
- Vocabulario de la lengua zoque de Tapijulapa (Spanish)
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