Language: Aguacateco is a Mayan
language spoken by about 15,000 people in Guatemala. Like many Mayan languages,
Aguacateco is an agglutinative language with
VSO word order.
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The people's own name for their language is Qa'yol, and their name for themselves is
Qatanum (or sometimes Balamiha, a ritual designation meaning "Jaguar House.")
Aguacateco is the Spanish name for them, deriving from the Aguacatán region in
which they live. Other common spellings of these names include Awakateko,
Aguacatec, Aguacateca, Aguateca, Awaketeko, Awaketeco, Aguacatan Maya,
and Kayol. Chalchiteco (Chalchiteko or Chalchitec) is the name of a related Mayan group
that speaks a dialect of the same language. Coyotin is another Spanish name for Aguacateco
people from older literature.