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A family of languages spoken in Mexico and formerly also in Central America and including Mixtec and Zapotec.

[From Otomi, Oto-Manguean language of central Mexico + Mangue, Oto-Manguean language formerly spoken in Nicaragua.]

O′to-Man·gue′an adj.
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Linguists specializing in one or more of the languages they consider explore the relation between tone and inflectional morphology in different languages, with case studies of the Oto-Manguean languages of Mexico.