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Chuj Indian Language

Chuj is a Mayan language spoken by about 40,000 people in Guatemala and Mexico. There are two main varieties of Chuj: Northern Chuj (Ixtatan) and Southern Chuj (San Sebastian Coatan.) There are some significant differences between the two dialects-- for example, Northern Chuj uses VOS word order while Southern Chuj uses VSO-- but different Chuj speakers can usually understand each other quite well, so most linguists consider them dialects of the same language rather than two distinct languages.

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Our Chuj Language Materials

Chuj Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Chuj language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Chuj Maya Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Chuj words.
Chuj Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Chuj language.
Chuj Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Chuj.
Chuj Numbers:
     Worksheet showing how to count in the Chuj language.

Chuj Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala:
    Map showing where in Central America the Chuj language is spoken.
Chuj Language Page * Chuj Words * Chuj Phrases * Chuj Numerals:
     Vocabulary sets and facts about the Chuj language.
Stzolil Spaxtini Heb’ Chuj:
    Online Spanish-Chuj glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Language Museum: Chuj de San Sebastian Coatan: * Chuj Ixtatan New Testament:
    Chuj translations of Bible passages and Christian prayers.
Lengua Chuj
     Information on the Chuj language, including linguistic maps of Mexico and Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Chuj:
     Article on the Chuj language including alphabet, vocabulary and links.
House of Languages: Chuj:
    Information about Chuj language usage.
Chuj de Ixtatán * Chuj de San Sebastián Coatán:
     Demographic information about Chuj from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Chuj Language Tree:
    Theories about Chuj's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Chuj Language Structures:
    Chuj linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Chuj Culture and History Links

Chuj People
     Encyclopedia articles on the Chuj Indians and their language.
Chuj Maya
     Article about Chuj culture and history.

Books for sale on the Chujes

The Chuj Language
     Language learning book for sale on Chuj Maya.
We Were Taught to Plant Corn Not to Kill
     Essays and artwork by Guatemalan Mayas about the 20th-century violence that rocked their communities.
The Ancient Maya:
    Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Chuj:
Bibliography of Chuj language resources.
Pueblo Chuj * Los Chujes * Los Chuj y la Diversidad Cultural:
Information about the Chuj tribe in Spanish.

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