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The Tilquiapan Zapotec Alphabet

(ISO code zts)
New high school

This page gives a simple explanation of the alphabet used in SIL publications in Tilquiapan 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 guɨdx pueblo (town)
ll llíly borrego (sheep)
x xcay nube (cloud)
z za manteca (lard)


ɨ guɨch espina (thorn)
aa daa petate (straw mat)
ee bee hongo (mushroom)
ii guiich papel (paper)
ɨɨ bɨɨch piojo (lice)
oo boo carbón (charcoal)
uu duu mecate (rope)