Matagalpa language

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Native to Nicaragua
Region Central Highlands
Extinct c. 1875
Language codes
ISO 639-3 mtn
Glottolog mata1288[1]

Matagalpa is an extinct Misumalpan language formerly spoken in the central highlands of Nicaragua. The language became extinct in the nineteenth century, and only few short wordlists remain. It was closely related to Cacaopera. The ethnic group, which numbers about 20,000, now speaks Spanish.


  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Matagalpa". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.