numbers of Nahuatl speakers?

David Wright dcwright at
Wed May 9 23:24:53 UTC 2001

Hola, Stephanie. The Instituto Nacional de Estadistica, Geografia e
Informatica published very detailed data from the 1990 census in Hablantes
de lengua indigena, XI censo general de poblacion y vivienda, 1990 (Mexico,
INEGI, 1993). It's still available at INEGI bookstores throughout Mexico; I
bought one a couple of months ago. If last decade's work is any indication,
we won't be seeing a similar publication from 2000 census data for another
couple of years. Preliminary results from the 2000 census are available on
line, but native language data isn't included. See

De: Stephanie Wood <swood at> [...]

> Does anyone have information from the 2000 Mexican census about the
> of indigenous language speakers?  Linda King published a table showing
> 1,197,328 speakers of Nahuatl in Mexico according to the 1990 census.  Her
> table shows the numbers of speakers of other native languages, too, such
> Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, etc.  This was published this in her book, Roots of
> Identity: Language & Literacy in Mexico (1994, p. 88).  This is a great
> table, but I would love to have more recent figures, as soon as they are
> available.  Thanks for any help anyone can lend!

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