Tapachultec language

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Native to Mexico
Region Chiapas
Extinct 1930s
Language codes
ISO 639-3 None (mis)
Linguist list
Glottolog tapa1260[1]

Tapachultec was a Mixe language spoken in Chiapas, Mexico. It is now extinct. Spoken in the area around modern-day Tapachula, Chiapas it is part of the Mixe–Zoquean language family.

Little is known about the language. However according to Otto Shuman, a researcher of linguistics at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the language was lost in the 1930s, during the reign of Chiapan Governor Victorico Grajales. Grajales banned the use of indigenous languages in order to attempt to create a stronger bond between Chiapas and the rest of Mexico.


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  1. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin; Bank, Sebastian, eds. (2016). "Tapachultec". Glottolog 2.7. Jena: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.