Western Tlacolula Valley Zapotec

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Tlacolula Valley Zapotec
Guelavia Zapotec
Native to Mexico
Region central Oaxaca
Native speakers
(29,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
  • Teotitlán del Valle
  • San Martín Tilcajete
  • Jalieza Zapotec
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zab
Glottolog sanj1284[2]

Tlacolula Valley Zapotec or Valley Zapotec, formerly known by the varietal name Guelavia Zapotec (Zapoteco de San Juan Guelavía) is a Zapotec language of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Tlacolula Valley Zapotec is a cluster of Zapotec languages spoken in the western Tlacolula Valley, which show varying degrees of mutual intelligibility. The languages in this group include:

Teotitlán del Valle dialect is divergent, 59% intelligible to San Juan Guelavía proper.

In April 2014, linguist Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, along with students from Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges, visited Tlacolula de Matamoros to present an online Tlacolula Valley Zapotec talking dictionary [1] to local leaders. It was estimated that about 100 elderly speakers of this Zapotecan language remain.[3]


  1. ^ Tlacolula Valley Zapotec at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "San Juan Guelavia Zapotec". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  3. ^ Doughtery, Ryan (2014-05-27). "Linguistics Students Help Revitalize Critically Endangered Language in Mexico". News & Events, Swarthmore College. Retrieved 2014-07-18. 


  • Liga Bíblica, La [Jones, Ted, et al.]. 1995. Xtiidx Dios Cun Ditsa (El Nuevo Testamento en el zapoteco de San Juan Guelavía y en español).
  • Jones, Ted E., and Lyle M. Knudson. 1977. "Guelavía Zapotec Phonemes". Studies in Otomanguean Phonology, ed., William R. Merrifield, pp. 163–80. [Dallas/Arlington]: SIL / University of Texas, Arlington.
  • Jones, Ted E., and Ann D. Church. 1985. "Personal pronouns in Guelavía Zapotec". S.I.L.-Mexico Workpapers 7: 1-15.
  • Munro, Pamela. 2003. "Preserving the Language of the Valley Zapotecs: The Orthography Question." Presented at Language and Immigration in France and the United States: Sociolinguistic Perspectives. University of Texas.
  • Munro, Pamela, Brook Danielle Lillehaugen and Felipe H. Lopez. 2007. Cali Chiu? A Course in Valley Zapotec.
  • Munro, Pamela and Felipe H. Lopez, with Olivia V. Méndez, Rodrigo Garcia, and Michael R. Galant. 1999. Di'csyonaary X:tèe'n Dìi'zh Sah Sann Lu'uc (San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec Dictionary/ Diccionario Zapoteco de San Lucas Quiaviní). Chicano Studies Research Center Publications, UCLA.

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