Sochiapam Chinantec

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Native to Mexico
Region Oaxaca
Ethnicity 6,300 Chinantecs (no date)[1]
Native speakers
3,600 (2000)[2]
  • Western Oto-Mangue
Language codes
ISO 639-3 cso
Glottolog soch1239[3]

Sochiapam is a Chinantec language of Mexico. It is most similar to Tlacoatzintepec Chinantec, with which it has 66% intelligibility (intelligibility in the reverse direction is 75%, presumably due to greater familiarity in that direction).[2]

Sochiapam has seven tones: high, mid, low, high falling, mid falling, mid rising, low rising.[4]

Like other Chinantec and Mazatec languages, Sochiapam Chinantec is noted for having whistled speech (produced only by men, but understood by all). More unusually, it has also been reported to have a rare marked absolutive case system.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Sochiapam Chinantec at Ethnologue (16th ed., 2009)
  2. ^ a b Sochiapam at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Sochiapam Chinantec". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. 
  4. ^ Sochiapan Chinantec (SIL-Mexico)
  • Foris, David Paul. 2000. A grammar of Sochiapam Chinantec. Studies in Chinantec languages 6. Dallas: SIL International and UT Arlington.

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