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Pame, Northern

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A language of Mexico

ISO 639-3 pmq Alternate Names Pame del Norte Autonym Xi’iuy Population

340 (2000 INALI).


San Luis Potosí state: Alaquines, Ciudad del Maíz, Rayón, Tamasopo municipalities.

Language Maps Mexico Language Status

6b* (Threatened).

Classification Otomanguean, Western Otomanguean, Oto-Pame-Chinantecan, Oto-Pamean, Pame Dialects

10%–15% intelligibility of Santa María Acapulco (Central Pame) [pbs]. Subdialects include Agua Puerca and Cuesta Blanca.


SVO; pitch-accent; complex morphology.

Language Use

Northern Pame has more bilingualism than Central Pame [pbs] or Southern Pame [pmz], and only three or four villages where there are monolingual Pame-speaking children. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development

Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 2007.

Language Resources OLAC resources in and about Pame, Northern Writing

Latin script [Latn].

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