Lachixío Zapotec

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Lachixío Zapotec
East Sola de Vega Zapotec
Native to Mexico
Region Oaxaca
Native speakers
unknown (6,500 cited 1990 census)[1]
Oto-Manguean (MP)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 zpl
Glottolog lach1249[2]

Lachixío Zapotec (East Sola de Vega Zapotec) is a Zapotec language of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is healthy, with half of speakers monolingual. It is spoken in Santa María Lachixío, San Vicente Lachixío, and east Sola de Vega.

Ethnologue reports that San Vicente Lachixio is 80% intelligible with San Miguel Mixtepec, and also with San Mateo Mixtepec which Egland (1978) counts as part of the Lachixío language, but it is not closely related with the other varieties called Mixtepec.[3] El Alto Zapotec is perhaps a divergent dialect (Lachixío is 73% intelligible in El Alto, but the reverse is not mentioned.)

The extinct Solteco Zapotec was apparently closest to Lachixío.[3]


  1. ^ Lachixío Zapotec at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lachixio Zapotec". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ a b Elizabeth Merrill, 2008. Classification of Zapotec languages by regions as an aid to language development programs
  • Persons, Jan A. 1997. High pitch as a mark of respect in Lachixío Zapotec. Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota 41: 59-60.
  • Sicoli, Mark A. 2000. "Loanwords and contact-induced phonological change in Lachixío Zapotec." Proceedings of the 25th annual meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. Berkeley: Berkeley Linguistic Society.

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