Published August 24, 2017
This video was submitted by Nicholas Piloni from Harvard University in Cambridge, USA, where he was visiting for a pre-college program. Chipileño, also known as Chipilo Venetian, is spoken by some 2,500 people, primarily in the Mexican states of Puebla, Veracruz, and Querétaro. It is a variety of the Venetian language, spoken by the descendants of Italian immigrants who settled in Mexico during the 19th century, founding the city of Chipilo. Unlike many diaspora languages around the world, Chipileño remains largely uninfluenced by the locally dominant language, in this case, Spanish. Although it remains a mostly spoken language, standard orthographies have been proposed.