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Mixtec Indian Language (Mixteco)

Mixtec is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico. Actually, depending on the linguist doing the counting, there are somewhere between 12 and 60 different Mixtec languages, each of which is difficult for speakers of the others to understand. (The difference of opinion on the exact number is because some of the varieties are considered to be dialects by some people and considered to be distinct Mixtecan languages by others.) Taken together there are at least 400,000 speakers of Mixtec languages in Mexico today. They are tone languages and have primarily VSO word order.

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Mixtec Language Resources

Our Online Mixteco Materials

Mixtec Vocabulary:
    Our list of Mixtec vocabulary words, with comparison to words in other Oto-Manguean languages.
Mixtec Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Mixteco language.

Mixteco Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Map of Mexican Tribes * Meso-American Native Languages
     Maps showing the areas in Mexico where Mixtec languages are spoken.
Mixtec of Magdalena Peñasco * Tezoatlán Mixtec
    Materials for two Mixtec languages including audio files, pronunciation guide, and texts in Mixtec.
Mixtec Language Learning
     Online Mixtec language lessons.
Mixtec Script
     Information on the pre-Columbian Mixtec writing system.
Omniglot: Coatzospan Mixtec:
    Profile of the Mixtec language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Mixtecan Languages:
     Article on the Mixtecan language family including a phonological inventory and a linguistic map of Mexico.
Human Rights: Mixteco:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Mixtec language.
Mixtec Indian Prayers * Chayuco Mixtec Prayers * Central Mixtec Prayer * Mixteco Prayer: * Mixtec Prayer * Yosondua Prayer:
    Juxlahuaca Mixtec Prayer * Montanez Mixteco Prayer * Mixteco de Teita Prayer * Mixteco Alacatlatzala Prayer:
    Mixteco Tlaxiaco-Achiutla Prayer:
    Translations of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers into the Mixtec languages.
Bible Verses: Mixteco de Yosondua * Bible Verses: Mixteco de Chayuco * Language Museum: Coastal Guerrero Mixteco:
    Language Museum: Silacayoapan * Language Museum: Diuxi-Tilantongo * Language Museum: Eastern Mixtec:
    Language Museum: Mixteco San Cristobal * Language Museum: Mixteco San Miguel El Grande: * New Testament in Ayutla Mixtec:
     Mixtec translations of several Biblical passages.
Mixtec Languages:
     Demographic information about different varieties of Mixtec from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Oaxaca Placenames:
     Chart of Mexican place names in Mixtec, Zapotec, and Chinantec.
Misteko Language Tree:
    Theories about Mixteco's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Yosondúa Mixtec Language Structures * Mixtec Peñoles Language Structures * Ocotepec Mixtec Language Structures * Jicaltepec Mixtec Language Structures * Chalcatongo Mixtec Language Structures * Mixtec Molinos Language Structures:
    Mixteco linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Amoltepec Mixtec * Ayutla Mixtec * Silacayoapan Mixtec
     Archive of Mixtec language materials in English and Spanish.
Phonology and Phonetics in Coatzospan Mixtec * A Grammar of Chalcatongo Mixtec
    Linguistics books for sale on two Mixtecan languages.
Codex Bodley: A Painted Chronicle from the Mixtec Highlands
     Complete illustrated manuscript of this ancient Mixtec codex.

Mixtec Culture and History Links

Mixtec (Mixteca) * Mixtec People:
     Articles on Mixtec history.
Mixtec Art
     Photographs and descriptions of various pieces of pre-Columbian Mixtec art.
Coyuche * Ixtle:
    Information and links about Mixtec textile arts.
Mixtec Legends:
    Collection of Mixtec Indian legends and folktales.

Books for sale on the Mixtecs
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The Mixtecs of Colonial Oaxaca
     Ethnographic history of the Mixtec people.
The Cloud People
     Comparison of the Zapotec and Mixtec civilizations.
Mixtec Transnational Identity
     Interesting book on Mixtec Indian indentity today.
Aztec, Mixtec and Zapotec Armies
     Illustrated military history of the southern Mexican civilizations.

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Additional Resources, Links, and References

Central Baja Mixtec * Northern Baja Mixtec: * Southern Baja Mixtec: * Guerrero Mixtec: * Coast Mixtec: * Eastern Alta Mixtec: * Western Alta Mixtec:
Bibliography of Mixtec language resources from the Endangered Languages Project.
Pueblo Mixteca * Lengua Mixteca:
Articles on the Mixtec people and their language in Spanish.

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