skip to Main Content
Huehuetla Tepehua

Huehuetla Tepehua is an indigenous language spoken in the state of Hidalgo, Mexico. It forms part of the Totonac-Tepehua language family, which has been described by some as an isolate family, although there is debate as to whether Totonac-Tepehua languages are genetically related to Mixe-Zoquean languages or if similarities are a result of contact. The Tepehua branch of this family is made up of three varieties: Huehuetla Tepehua, Pisaflores Tepehua and Tlachichilco Tepehua, the latter two being spoken in the state of Veracruz and the first one in the states of Hidalgo and Puebla. Huehuetla Tepehua has less than 1,500 speakers and has been described as a moribund language. It is no longer being transmitted to younger generations and there are almost no monolingual speakers remaining. Instead, many speakers are becoming dominant in Spanish.

Selected publications

  • Kung, Susan Smythe. 2007. A Descriptive Grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua. PhD 797 Dissertation, University of Texas at Austin. Paper archived in the Huehuetla Tepehua 798 Collection of Susan Smythe Kung, The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin 799 America: Media: text. Access: public. Resource TPW009R001
  • Kung, Susan Smythe. 2006. Simbolismo de sonido y el lenguaje expresivo en el tepehua de 808 Huehuetla. In María del Carmen Morúa (ed.), Memorias del VIII Encuentro 809 Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, Volume 3 (pp. 331-354). Hermosillo, 810 Sonora, Mexico: Editorial UniSon.
  • Smythe, Susan. 2003. Reconstructing lost phonemes in Huehuetla Tepehua using “881 affectionate speech”. In Inger Mey, Ginger Pizer, Hsi-Yao Su and Susan Szmania 882(eds), Texas Linguistic Forum 45: 167-176 Proceedings of the Tenth Annual 883 Symposium about Language and Society—Austin, April 12-14, 2002, pp. 167-176. 884. 35 Austin: UT Linguistics Dept.

Link to Glottolog

Back To Top