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Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl
Spoken in Hidalgo, northern Puebla and northern Veracruz, Mexico
Total speakers 410,000 (as of 1991)
Language family Uto-Aztecan
Writing system Latin alphabet
Language codes
ISO 639-1 None
ISO 639-2 nah
ISO 639-3 nhe

Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl is a Nahuatl variety spoken by about 410,000 people (as of 1991)[1] in the eastern part of the region of La Huasteca in Mexico, spread over 1,500 villages[1] in the state of Hidalgo, the northern part of Veracruz and the extreme north of Puebla.[2]

According to SIL's Ethnologue, there is 85% mutual intelligibility between Eastern and Western Huasteca Nahuatl. 50% of Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl speakers know no Spanish.[1]





Front Back
High i iˑ
Mid-high e eˑ
Mid-low o oˑ
Low a aˑ


Labial Apical Postalveolar Velar Glottal
Unrounded Rounded
Stop p t k ʔ
Affricate ts
Lateral affricate
Fricative s ʃ h
Liquid l, r
Nasal m n
Semivowel w j


  1. ^ a b c Ethnologue.
  2. ^ Kimball: p. 196.


  • Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.) (2005). "Nahuatl, Eastern Huasteca". Ethnologue: Languages of the World (Fifteenth ed.). Dallas, Tex.: SIL International.  
  • Kimball, Geoffrey (1990). "Noun Pluralization in Eastern Huasteca Nahuatl". International Journal of American Linguistics 56 (2): 196–216. doi:10.1086/466150.  

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