Highland Chatino

  (Redirected from Western Highland Chatino)

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:

  • Eastern Highland Chatino (Lachao-Yolotepec dialect)
  • Western Chatino (Yaitepec, Panixtlahuaca, and Quiahije dialects)
  • Nopala Chatino
Highland Chatino
Sierra Chatino
Native toMexico
Native speakers
17,800 (2000)[1]
Oto-Manguean (MP)
Language codes
ISO 639-3Variously:
ctp – Western Highland
cly – Eastern Highland (Lachao-Yolotepec)
cya – Nopala
Glottologeast2736  = Zacatepec–Highlands[2]

Neighboring dialects between the three groups are about 80% mutually intelligible; diversity among the three Western dialects is almost as great.

For phonological and grammatical details, see Chatino languages, which includes examples from Yaitepec dialect.


  1. ^ Western Highland at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
    Eastern Highland (Lachao-Yolotepec) at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
    Nopala at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Eastern Chatino". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.