Janet Chávez Santiago
Oaxaca, located in southern Mexico, is home to languages belonging to six linguistic families. This makes Oaxaca the state with the largest linguistic and cultural diversity in the country. My town is Teotitlán del Valle, a Zapotec community in the Central Valley of Oaxaca state, not far from the capital (also named Oaxaca). According to the 2020 national census, the population of my hometown is 6,392 inhabitants, 3,876 of whom speak Zapotec , divided between monolingual and bilingual (Zapotec-Spanish) speakers. The remainder of the town's inhabitants are Spanish monolinguals and/or passive Zapotec speakers (i.e., they understand the language but…
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