Popoloca languages

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Not to be confused with Popoluca.
Popoloca
Geographic
distribution:
Puebla, Mexico
Linguistic classification: Oto-Manguean
Subdivisions:
  • Eastern
  • Central/Western
Glottolog: popo1294[1]
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The Popoloca languages, number 6 (purple), center.

Popoloca is an indigenous Mexican cluster of languages of the Popolocan branch of the Oto-Manguean language family, closely related to Mazatec. They are spoken by 25,000 people in Puebla state, Mexico, near Tehuacán.

Languages[edit]

The Ethnologue distinguishes seven varieties of Popoloca as separate languages. However, these fall into four groups with 75% mutual intelligibility or greater.

  • Eastern Popoloca
    • Southern (Atzingo–Metzontla: San Juan, Los Reyes)
    • Northern (Temalacayuca–Tlacoyalco: San Luis, San Marcos)
  • Central Popoloca
    • Coyotepec (San Mateo dialect may be distinct, or a dialect of San Felipe)
    • Western (Ahuatempan–Otlaltepec: Santa Inés, San Felipe)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Popoloca". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.