• Language: Ayoquezco
  • Alternate names: Ayoquezco Zapotec, Zapotec, Zapotec, Ayoquezco, Western Ejutla Zapotec, Zapoteco de Santa María Ayoquezco, Central Sapoteko
  • Language code: ayoq1235
  • Language family: Otomanguean; Zapotecan (SIL classification)
  • Number of speakers: 880
  • Vulnerability: Endangered
  • Script:

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    1 of approx. 11-12 Central Zapotec languages. Ethnologue list 57 Zapotec languages. INALI gives 62 "variantes" of Zapoteco. SIL and INALI count each variety of Zapotec, some of which are mutually intelligible dialects of the same language. The exact number of distinct languages that need to be recognized is unclear. The most current linguistic research suggests approx. 18 Zapotec languages distributed in 5 major language areas: (1) Northern (ca. 5 languages); (2) Central (ca. 7 languages); (3) Southern (ca. 4 languages); (4) Papabuco (1 language); (5) Western (1 language)."While there is no consensus yet as to the dialectal classification of Zapotec languages, the point to be made here is that the diversity of Zapotec languages is extremely rich." (Pérez Báez 2011)