Amuzgo, San Pedro Amuzgos

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Amuzgo, San Pedro Amuzgos
  • Alternate names: Amuzgo bajo del este, Amuzgo de San Pedro Amuzgos, Oaxaca Amuzgo
  • Language code: azg
  • Language family: Otomanguean, Eastern Otomanguean, Amuzgo-Mixtecan, Amuzgoan
  • Number of speakers: 3480
  • Script: Latin script.

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    Introduction

    Amuzgo is an Oto-Manguean language spoken in the Costa Chica region of the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca by about 44,000 speakers. Like other Oto-Manguean languages, Amuzgo is a tonal language. From syntactical point of view Amuzgo can be considered as an active language. The name Amuzgo is claimed to be a Nahuatl exonym but its meaning is shrouded in controversy; multiple proposals have been made, including 'moss-in'.

    The Amuzgo, San Pedro Amuzgos Verb

    Amuzgo verbal inflection is extremely complex, and thus all the more interesting, but we can only attempt a rudimentary sketch here to cover the basics. Verbs inflect for various aspect-moods by means of prefixes: Completive (also called ‘Preterite’ or ‘Past’); Incompletive (also called ‘Present’); Subjunctive (a tense used in some dependent clauses); Irrealis (also called ‘Future’); Past Progressive and Future Progressive.

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