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Ixil Indian Language

Ixil is a Mayan language spoken by around 70,000 people in Guatemala. There are three main varieties of Ixil: Chajul, Nebaj, and San Juan Cotzal. Some linguists consider them to be three distinct languages, while others consider them dialects of a single Ixil language. Chajul and Nebaj Ixil use VSO word order while Ixil de San Juan Cotzal uses VOS.

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Our Ixil Language Materials

Ixil Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Ixil language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Ixil Maya Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Ixil words.
Ixil Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Ixil language.
Ixil Body Parts:
    Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Ixil.
Ixil Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Ixil.

Ixil Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala:
    Map showing where in Central America the Ixil language is spoken.
Ixil de San Juan Cotzal * Ixil Phonology * Ixil Texts:
    Scanned-in Ixil language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Chokb’al Xe’al Yol Ixil:
    Online Spanish-Ixil glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
    Chart of Guatemalan place names in Ixil and other Mayan languages.
Chajul Ixil Genesis * Cotzal Ixil Genesis * Language Museum: Ixil Chajul * Language Museum: Ixil Cotzal:
    Ixil translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
San Juan Cotzal Ixil Prayers:
    Ixil translations of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Lengua Ixil
     Information on the Ixil language, including linguistic maps of Guatemala and Mexico. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Ixil:
     Brief encyclopedia entry on the Ixil language.
House of Languages: Ixil:
    Information about Ixil language usage.
Chajul Ixil * Nebaj Ixil * San Juan Cotzal Ixil
     Demographic information about Ixil from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Ixil Language Tree:
    Theories about Ixil's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Ixil Language Structures:
    Ixil linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Ixil Culture and History Links

Maya Books
    Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Ixil Maya
     Article about Ixil culture and history.

Books for sale on the Ixils
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The Daykeeper: The Life and Discourse of an Ixil Diviner
     Interesting book on the Ixil Maya spirituality and worldview.
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.
Native Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Ixil:
Bibliography of Ixil language resources.
  Wikipedia: Ixil:
  Encyclopedia articles about the Ixil Mayans.
  Los Mayas de Región Ixil * Los Ixiles * El Pueblo Ixil * Idioma Ixil:
  Information about the Ixil tribe and their language in Spanish.

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