Chatino, Eastern Highland

Conjugate Verbs


  • Language: Chatino, Eastern Highland
  • Alternate names: Chatino de la Zona Alta Oriental, Chatino Oriental Alto, Lachao-Yolotepec Chatino, Sierra Oriental Chatino
  • Language code: cly
  • Language family: Otomanguean, Eastern Otomanguean, Popoloca-Zapotecan, Zapotecan, Chatino, Core Chatino, Coastal Chatino, Eastern Chatino
  • Number of speakers: 1800
  • Script: Latin script.

More information:


    Highland Chatino is an indigenous Mesoamerican language, one of the Chatino family of the Oto-Manguean languages. Dialects are rather diverse; Ethnologue 16 counts them as three languages as follows:

    The Chatino, Eastern Highland Verb

    Verbs in Chatino inflect for four aspect-mood values: Completive, Potential, Habitual and Progressive (also known as ‘Continuous’ or ‘Continuative’). Verbs have different stems for each of these values. Tones plays a major role in the making of inflection, both in the marking of aspect-mood distinctions and in the marking of the person of the subject.