Isthmus-Mecayapan Nahuatl

Isthmus-Mecayapan Nahuatl

language|name=Isthmus-Mecayapan Nahuatl|nativename=mela'tájtol
region=Mecayapan and Tatahuicapan, Veracruz
fam2=Southern Uto-Aztecan
fam4=General Aztec
script=Latin alphabet

Isthmus-Mecayapan Nahuatl or Isthmus Nahuat(l) (native name: "mela'tájtol") is a modern variety of Nahuatl spoken by about 20,000 people in Mecayapan and Tatahuicapan, Veracruz, Mexico.



H is used at the beginnings of words before u, and has no value of its own. C is used to represent IPA|/k/ before the vowels a and o, while qu is used before i and e.

An underline (a, e, i, o) is used to mark long vowels.

Stress on the second-last syllable of a word that does not end in l or r, and stress on the last syllable of a word that does end in l or r, is unmarked. All other stress patterns are marked with an acute accent on the stressed vowel (á, é, í, ó).

The letters f, k, v and z occur only in loanwords.


This variety of Nahuatl has developed a distinction between inclusive and exclusive "we", which Classical Nahuatl and other modern forms of Nahuatl lack. The exclusive form is regularly derived from the first person singular ("I"), while the inclusive continues the suppletive first person plural of Classical Nahuatl.


*Wolgemuth, et al. 2000. " [ Diccionario Náhuatl de los municipios Mecayapan y Tatahuicapan de Juárez, Veracruz.] "
*Wolgemuth, Carl. 2002. " [ Gramática Náhuatl (melaʼtájto̱l) de los municipios de Mecayapan y tatahuicapan de Juárez, Veracruz (Segunda edición).] "

External links

* [ Ethnologue]
* [ SIL Mexico] — includes sound recordings

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