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Chinanteco Indian Language (Chinanteca, Chinantec)

Chinanteco is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico. Actually, there are 14 different Chinanteco languages. Although they are closely related to each other, each Chinanteco langauge is difficult for speakers of some of the others to understand, so most linguists consider them distinct languages rather than dialects. Taken together there are about 80,000 speakers of Chinanteco languages in Oaxaca today. They are tone languages and have verb-initial word order (some Chinanteco languages favor VSO and others favor VOS.)

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Our Online Chinantec Resources

Chinanteco Vocabulary:
    Our list of vocabulary words in the Chinanteco languages.
Chinantec Animal Words:
    Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Chinantec language.

Chinantec Language Resources

Map of Mexican Tribes * Meso-American Native Languages
     Map showing the areas in Mexico where the Chinantec language is spoken.
Si Lox Jxøg Dsa Kø':
    Words and sentences in the Chinanteca language.
Chinanteco:
    Profile of the Chinantec languages including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Chinantecan Languages:
    Wikipedia article on the Chinantecs and their languages.
UDHR: Chinanteca * UDHR: Ajitlán Chinanteco:
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into the Chinanteco language.
Chinanteca Indian Prayers * Tepinapa Chinanteco Prayer:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Chinanteco language.
The Bible in Chinantec de Comaltepec: * Lealao Chinanteco * Palantla Chinanteco * Usila Chinanteco:
    Chinanteco translations of several Biblical passages.
Oaxaca Placenames:
    Chart of Mexican place names in Zapotec, Mixtec, and Chinantec.
Si Lox Jxøg Dsa Kø':
    An untranslated Chinanteca text.
Chiltepec Chinantec * Comaltepec Chinantec * Lalana Chinantec * Lealao Chinantec * Ojitlan Chinantec:
    Ozumacin Chinantec * Palantla Chinantec * Quiotepec Chinantec * Sochiapam Chinantec * Tepetotutla Chinantec:
    Tepinapa Chinantec * Tlacoatzintepec Chinantec * Usila Chinantec * Valle Nacional Chinantec:
    Demographic information about the Chinantec languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Amazing Features of Spoken Languages: Chinantec:
    Article about unusual features of Chinantec pronunciation.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Central Chinantec * Western Chinantec: * Lower Southeastern Chinantec: * Northern Chinantec: * Northwestern Chinantec: * Sierra Chinantec: * Upper East-Central Chinantec:
Bibliography of Chinantec language resources from the Endangered Languages Project.
   Chinantec People:
    Encyclopedia articles about the Chinantecs.
   Lengua Chinanteco * Los Chinantecos: * Lenguas Chinantecas:
    Information about the Chinantecos and their language in Spanish.



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