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Akateko Language (Acatec, Acateco)
Language: Acateco is a Maya language
spoken by 50,000 people in Guatemala and Mexico. It is closely related to
Kanjobal and used to be considered
a Kanjobal dialect, but the two languages are actually distinct enough that Kanjobal and Acateco speakers
cannot easily understand each other. Acateco is an
that uses primarily VOS word order.
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Names: The official name of the language is Akateko. (Other common spelling variants
include Acateco, Acatec, Acateca, Akatek, Aquatec, and Acatan Maya.) This name was coined by linguists in the
1970's and is not often used by the speakers themselves, who call their language K'anjob'al and themselves
Mayas or Miguelenos. Both "Akateko" and "Migueleño" derive from the name of their central village,
San Miguel Acatán.
In older literature, the Akateko language was sometimes referred to as Western Kanjobal (Western Q'anjob'al) or
Conob, which is another name
referring to Kanjobal.
Acatec language samples and resources.
Acatec People Culture and History
Information and links about the Acatec tribe past and present.
Mythology and folklore of the Acatec and other Mayan peoples.
Our Acatec Language Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Acatec language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Acatec Maya Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Acatec words.
Acatec Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Acatec language.
Acatec Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Acatec.
Worksheet showing color words in Acatec.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Acateco language.
Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Acatec language.
Acatec Dictionaries and Language Books for Sale
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Acateco-Spanish dictionary for sale online.
The Mesoamerican Indian Languages:
Linguistic reference on the languages of Mexico and Guatemala.
We Were Taught to Plant Corn, Not to Kill
Essays and artwork by Guatemalan Mayas about the 20th-century violence that rocked their communities.
Akateko Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Language Map of Guatemala:
Map showing where in Central America the Akateko language is spoken.
Online Spanish-Akateko glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Kukuy Akateko/Aprendemos el Idioma Akateko:
Acatec language learning materials in Spanish, including alphabet, vocabulary and texts.
Profile of the Akatek language including a phonological inventory, orthography and a text.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
Chart of Guatemalan place names in Akateko and other Mayan languages.
Language Museum: Western Qanjobal: Acateco Prayer Akateko Words of Life: Akateko New Testament:
Acateco translations of Bible passages and Christian prayers.
The Origin of San Miguel Acatan:
Video of an indigenous folktale told in the Akateko language.
Information on the Acatec language, including grammar and a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Akateko
Information about Akateko language usage.
Akateko Language Tree:
Theories about Akatek's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Western Kanjobal Language Structures:
Acateco linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Akateko:
Bibliography of Akateko language resources.
Encyclopedia entry on the Akateko language.
Lengua Acateco Palabras en Idioma Akateko Lengua de los Acatecos:
Information about the Acatec language in Spanish.
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