The next town over or next region over is using a different tone system, so the words would be written differently," says Mark Sicoli, a Georgetown University linguist whose work focuses on Zapotec and other Otomanguean
languages of Mesoamerica.
1) Otomi belongs to the Otopame branch of the Otomanguean family, with some 175 extant languages the largest language family in the Americas.
Following the pattern of the Otomanguean languages, classical Otomi is a VOS language, with SVO as a marked alternative (Suarez 1983; Yasugi 1995).
Classification of the Otomanguean
languages and the position of Tlapanec".
Otomi is an Otomanguean language spoken in Central Mexico that belongs to the Otopamean family.
Plenary talk at the 1st Conference of Otomanguean and Oaxacan Languages, March 19-21, University of California at Berkeley.