Michoacán Nahuatl

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Michoacán Nahuatl
Pómaro Nahuatl
Native to Mexico
Region Maruata Pómaro, Michoacán
Native speakers
(3,000 cited 1990 census)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ncl
Glottolog mich1245[2]

Michoacán Nahuatl is the name given to a variety of Nahuatl language spoken by the Nahua Michoacan on the Pacific Coast of Mexico in Michoacán. It is a dialect of Nahuatl, a language of the Uto-Aztecan trunk. It is the westernmost variant of this language, although the Uto-Aztecan family is spread further north, central, south and east. It has around 9000 speakers which mainly reside in rural communities in the municipalities of Aquila, Apatzingán Pomaro and Maruata in Michoacán de Ocampo, which coexist with the Purepecha language speakers. The Michoacan Nahuatl is one of many Nahua dialects, notably with regard to the central dialects where they have tl on words, usually Michoacan. For example, "man" in Central Nahuatl says tlacatl and Michoacan Nahuatl is lacal.


  1. ^ Michoacán Nahuatl at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Michoacan Nahuatl". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.