Chatino, Western Highland

Conjugate Verbs

Facts

  • Language: Chatino, Western Highland
  • Alternate names: Cha’t-An, Chatino Central, Chatino de la Zona Alta Occidental, Sierra Occidental Chatino
  • Language code: ctp
  • Language family: Otomanguean, Eastern Otomanguean, Popoloca-Zapotecan, Zapotecan, Chatino, Core Chatino, Coastal Chatino, Eastern Chatino
  • Number of speakers: 16,000 (2000 INALI). 6,000 monolinguals (1990 census).
  • Script: Latin script.

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    Introduction

    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, Western 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.

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