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Oaxaca Chontal (Tequistlateco, Huamelua)
Chontal of Oaxaca is a
Hokan language not to be confused with the
Chontal of Tabasco, to which it bears no similarity other than a similar
name bestowed upon both by the Aztecs (chontalli just means "foreigner" in the Nahuatl language.)
Oaxacan Chontal has two dialects, Lowland (Huamelua) Chontal and Highland (Tequistlatec or Sierra) Chontal.
Lowland and Highland Chontal are so distinct from one another than native speakers cannot understand each other well without a translator,
and so most linguists consider them distinct languages. Taken together, the two Oaxaca Chontal languages are spoken by more than 4000
people in Mexico today.
Oaxacan Chontal Vocabulary
Our list of vocabulary words in the Highland Chontal language, with comparison to words in other Hokan languages.
Highland Chontal Sound Archives
Recordings of spoken Onondaga,
Highland Chontal, as well as native music from various tribes.
Jley Nipingi Je'e Chontal:
Words and sentences in the Oaxaca Chontal language.
Genesis in Oaxaca Chontal Language Museum: Oaxaca Highland Chontal:
Bible passages in the Chontal language.
Highland Oaxaca Chontal Lowland Oaxaca Chontal
Demographic information about Chontal from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Highland Chontal Language Tree Lowland Chontal Language Tree:
Theories about Abenaki's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Highland Chontal Language Structures Huamelultec Oaxaca Chontal Language Structures:
Abenaki linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Dictionary of Chontal to Spanish-English
Trilingual Highland Chontal dictionary for sale online.
The Chontal Language (Dialect of Tequixistlan)
Chontal linguistics book for sale online.
Chontal de Oaxaca
Information about the Oaxaca Chontal language in Spanish.
Book on the Sierra Chontal tribe for sale.
Additional Resources, Links, and References
Information about the Chontal language in Spanish.
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