Ixcatec language

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Region Oaxaca, Mexico
Native speakers
8  (2008)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ixc
Glottolog ixca1245[2]

Ixcatec, or Xwja, is a language spoken by the people of the Mexican village of Santa María Ixcatlan, in the northern part of the state of Oaxaca. The Ixcatec language belongs to the Popolocan branch of the Oto-manguean language family.

The number of speakers was given to be 119 in the early 1980s,[3] but according to the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, there were only 8 speakers of the language in 2008.[1]


  1. ^ a b Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, "SÓLO QUEDAN OCHO HABLANTES DE XWJA O IXCATECO EN SANTA MARÍA IXCATLÁN, OAXACA", Press Release, May 27, 2008
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Ixcatec". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ Suárez (1983)


Suárez, Jorge A. (1983). The Mesoamerican Indian Languages. Cambridge Languages Surveys. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-22834-4. OCLC 8034800.  Invalid |name-list-format=scap (help)