Tilapa Otomi

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Tilapa Otomi
Native to Mexico
Region Santiago Tilapa
Native speakers
100 (2006) [1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 otl
Glottolog tila1239
ELP Tilapa Otomí

Tilapa Otomi is a seriously endangered native American language spoken by less than a dozen people in the village of Santiago Tilapa, between Toluca and the DF in Mexico State. It has been classified as Eastern Otomi by Lastra (2006). [1] but in reality "Eastern Otomi" in Lastra's classification is a broader term for a "conservative variety". It is a language closely related to Acazulco and Atlapulco Otomi. It also shows a number of idiosyncratic innovations which make it stand as a different language, probably the closest one to Colonial Otomi. Its system of verbal conjugations is highly complex compared to the Mezquital varieties. [2]


  1. 1 2 Lastra, Yolanda (2006). Los Otomies – Su lengua y su historia (in Spanish). Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México, Instituto de investigaciones Antropológicas. ISBN   9789703233885.
  2. Palancar, Enrique (2012). "The conjugation classes of Tilapa Otomi: An approach from canonical typology" (PDF). Linguistics. 50 (4). doi:10.1515/ling-2012-0025. S2CID   55777801.

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