the town of Ayapa is located in the Municipality of Jalpa de Méndez (in the State of Tabasco). There are 5640 inhabitants. Ayapa is 3 meters above sea level.

In the town there are 2880 men and 2760 women. The ratio women per men is 0.958, and the fecundity rate is 2.80 children per woman. People from outside the State of Tabasco account for 0.76% of the total population. 7.85% of the inhabitants are illiterate (5.66% of the men, and 10.14% of the women). The average school enrolment ratio is 7.55 (8.15 within the men, and 6.94 within the women).

1.76% of the population is indigenous, and 0.51% of the inhabitants speak one of the indigenous languages. 0.00% of the population speaks one of the indigineous languages, but not Spanish.

27.50% of the inhabitants (more than 12 years) are economically active (45.10% of the men, and 9.13% of the women).

In Ayapa there are 1229 dwellings. 98.85% of the dwellings have electricity, 94.96% have piped water, 88.52% have toilet or restroom, 56.71% have a radio receiver, 81.54% a television, 68.55% a fridge, 52.21% a washing-machine, 6.98% a car or a van, 6.71% a personal computer, 3.62% a landline telephone, 38.69% mobile phone, and 0.80% Internet access.

The Ayapaneco language has been spoken in the area of Tabasco (Mexico) for centuries. It has managed to survive the Spanish conquest, floods, and several wars. But, like many indigenous Mexican languages, it is endangered.

In fact, there are only two people who can speak Ayapaneco fluently, both of whom live in the small Mexican town of Ayapa, but the problem is that they refuse to speak to each other. Isidro Velázquez (69 years old) and Manuel Segovia (75 years old) have their house 500 metres from each other, but they haven't spoken to each other for many years. The reason for this anger is unclear, but it is certain that all those who know them claim that they have never enjoyed each other's company.

Segovia continued to speak ayapaneco talking to his brother until he died many years ago. He still tries to use it with his son and his wife who understand him, but these two are not able to speak beyond a few words. For his part, Velázquez no longer speaks to anyone in his mother tongue.

Ayapaneco is a so-called "linguistic island", always surrounded by much stronger indigenous languages, together with the arrival of compulsory Spanish education, which led to the practical extinction of this pre-Columbian language.

No one had managed to convince these two former friends to speak a word in Ayapaneco until a campaign led by James A. Fox, a professor of linguistics at Stanford, and a telecommunications company managed to get Velázquez and Segovia to speak again as part of a telco marketing campaign. To this end, they built a small one-room school, named after these two people, where they will now try to teach the children the Ayapaneco.

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