Loxicha Zapotec

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Loxicha Zapotec
Native toMexico
Regionsouth Oaxaca
Native speakers
75,000 (2000 census)[1]
  • San Agustín Loxicha
  • San Bartolomé Loxicha
  • San Andrés Paxtlán
  • San Miguel Suchixtepec
Language codes
ISO 639-3ztp

Loxicha Zapotec (Western Pochutla Zapotec) is a Zapotec language of Oaxaca, Mexico. It is one of the most populous varieties of Zapotec, and the majority of speakers are monolingual.

Not all varieties of Zapotec from towns named "Loxicha" are part of Loxicha Zapotec. San Baltázar Loxicha Zapotec, which includes Santa Catarina Loxicha, is a distinct language.



Front Back
Close i u
Mid e o
Open a


Bilabial Dental Alveolar Palatal Velar Labio-
Plosive voiceless p t k
voiced b d ɡ
Affricate voiceless ts
prenasal ⁿdʒ
Fricative voiceless (ɸʷ) θ (s) ʃ χ
voiced z
Nasal m n (ŋ)
Rhotic r
Lateral l
Approximant w j

/b, d/ can be realized as [β ð] when occurring intervocalically. /ɡ/ is realized as [ɣ] when occurring at the first syllable. /ɸʷ, s/ only occur in Spanish loanwords. /ŋ/ only marginally occurs and at the end of a syllable.[3]


  1. ^ Loxicha Zapotec at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Loxicha Zapotec". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  3. ^ Salminen, Mikko (2014). Dí'ztè': o zapoteco de San Agustín Loxicha, Oaxaca, México. München: LINCOM.