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The Guelavía Zapotec

(ISO code zab)
Boy with oxen

This page gives a simple explanation of the alphabet used in SIL publications in Guelavía Zapotec.

Explanation of the alphabet

Most of the letters used to write this Zapotec language are similar to those used to write Spanish, but there are also several other letters that are necessary to represent all the sounds in Zapotec.


dx dxi día (day)
dz dzɨt hueso (bone)
ll llub maíz (corn)
z za manteca (lard)
x xon ocho (eight)


ɨ tsɨ diez (ten)
aa daa petate (straw mat)
ee bee hormiga (ant)
ii llíily borrego (sheep)
oo bdoo bebé (baby)
uu duub pluma (feather)
ɨɨ dzɨɨny trabajo (work)