Sayula Popoluca is a member of the Mixe branch of the Mixe-Zoque language family. It is spoken by about 4,800 people in and around Sayula de Alemán, a municipality in the south of Veracruz state in the southeast of Mexico.
Sayula Popoluca is also known Sayultec, sayulteco or populuca. The name Popoluca comes from the Nahuatl word popoloca (barbarians, people speaking a foreign language), which is a traditional name for Mixe-Zoquean languages. Speakers of Sayula Popoluca call their language yamay ajw (local language) or tʉcmay-ajw (language of the home).
Researchers working on documenting the language have developed several ways to write Sayula Popoluca with the Latin alphabet.
primeru Sayula según iguinʉ́mga antivu naꞌwaywájat tsúnau prowijóꞌc. mʉt iga-is̈cápcawu nijʉ́may calse de máquina jéme en ayʉ́ época actual jayunáꞌjat i-is̈cápcapay solamente jéꞌjat i-is̈cápcau.
According to what the old people say, the people who first lived in Sayula were very poor. And they were not acquainted with any kind of machine that people in this present age are acquainted with.
Source: Sayula Popoluca Texts, with Grammatical Outline, by Lawrence E. Clark
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Page created: 04.07.22. Last modified: 02.01.24
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