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Zapotec Indian Language (Zapoteco)
Zapotec is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico.
Actually, depending on the linguist doing the counting, there are somewhere between 12 and 60 different Zapotec languages,
each of which is difficult for speakers of the others to understand. (The difference of opinion on the number comes about
because some of the languages are considered to be dialects of one of the others by some people, and considered to be
distinct Zapotecan languages by others). Taken together there are at least 400,000 speakers of Zapotec languages in
Mexico today. They are tone languages and have primarily VSO word order.
Zapotec language samples and resources.
Zapotec Culture and History
Information and links about the Zapotec tribe past and present.
Introduction to Zapotec mythology.
Our Online Zapotec Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Isthmus and Yatzachi Zapotec languages.
Isthmus Zapotec Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Zapotec words.
Zapotec Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Isthmus Zapotec language.
Worksheet showing color words in the Isthmus Zapotec language.
Zapotec Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Zapotec.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Zapotec language.
Zapotec Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Map of Mexican Tribes Meso-American Native Languages
Map showing the areas in Mexico where Zapotec languages are spoken.
Overview of the Zapotec languages in English and Spanish, with audio clips of spoken Mountain Zapotec.
Information on the pre-Columbian Zapotec writing system.
Phonological inventory of Zapotec, with a sample text.
Number marking innovations in Zapotec Participant reference and tracking in San Francisco Ozolotepec Zapotec
Zapotec linguistics papers available online in PDF format.
A wordlist in Zapotec.
Phonological inventory of the Zapotec language, with a sample text.
San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec Tlacolula de Matamoros Zapotec Tlacochahuaya Zapotec:
Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec Miahuatec Zapotec (San Bartolomé Loxicha):
Spanish glossaries in five Zapotecan languages, with audio clips of several spoken words.
Aloapam Zapotec Amatlan Zapotec
Archive of Zapotec language materials in English and Spanish.
UDHR: Zapoteco UDHR: San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec:
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights translated into the Zapotec language.
Zapotec Indian Prayers Zapoteco Prayer Lord's Prayer in Choapan Zapotec Zapoteco del Istmo Prayer:
Miahuatlan Zapotec Prayer Yautepec Prayer: Tepuzculano Prayers:
Translations of Christian prayers into the Zapotec language.
Bible Verses in Mexican Languages: Zapotec: Zapoteco del Istmo Zapoteco de Chichicapan:
Zapoteco de Tabaa Language Museum: Zapoteco Aloapan Northern Villa Alta Zapotec:
Zapoteco de San Lorenzo Texmelucan: Zapoteco Sierra de Juárez Western Ocotlán Zapotec Yatzachi Zapotec:
Zapotec translations of several Biblical passages.
The Bible in Zapotec:
Translation of the New Testament into the Santa Maria Quiegolani Zapotec language.
Chart of Mexican place names in Zapotec, Mixtec, and Chinantec.
Demographic information about different varieties of Zapotec from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Sapoteko Language Tree:
Theories about Zapotec's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Isthmus Zapotec Language Structures Mitla Zapotec Language Structures Mixtepec Zapotec Language Structures Quiegolani Zapotec Language Structures San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec Language Structures Texmelucan Zapotec Language Structures Yatzachi Zapotec Language Structures Ixtlan Zapotec Language Structures Juárez Zapotec Language Structures Zoogocho Zapotec Language Structures:
Zapotec linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Zapotec Dictionaries, Audio Tapes and Language Resources
San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec Dictionary
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Excellent two-volume English-Spanish-Zapotec dictionary.
Zapotec-English/English-Zapotec Concise Dictionary
Pocket dictionary of the Ishtmus Zapotec language.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Isthmus Zapotec Albarradas Zapotec Amatlan Zapotec Cajonos Zapotec Ayoquezco Zapotec: Etla Zapotec:
Bibliography of Zapotec language resources from the Endangered Languages Project.
Information on the Zapotec language in Spanish.
Zapotec Indian books.
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