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Mam Indian Language

Mam is a Mayan language spoken by around half a million people in Guatemala and Mexico. There are many dialects of Mam, and some of them are so divergent from each other that some linguists consider them separate languages. The Mam languages generally use VSO word order.

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Our Mam Language Materials

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

Mam Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala: * Meso-American Native Languages:
    Map showing where in Central America the Mam language is spoken.
Northern Mam Language * Mam Description * Mam Grammar * Mam Orthography:
    Mam Text * Diccionario de Verbos Mames:
    Scanned-in Mam language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Speaking Mam:
    Notes on the Mam language including a dictionary and calendar names.
Pujb’il Yol Mam:
    Online Spanish-Mam glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mam Language in Lynn Massachusetts:
    Webpage about a Mam immigrant community in the United States, with audio clips of spoken Mam.
Mam Alphabet:
    Phonological inventory of the Qyol Mam language, with a sample text.
Freelang Mam Dictionary:
    Free downloadable wordlist of the Mam language.
Mam Text:
    List of Mam words and phrases with Spanish translation.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
    Chart of Guatemalan place names in Mam and other Mayan languages.
Human Rights: Mam:
    Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the Mam language.
The Bible in Southern Mam * New Testament in Todos Santos Mam * Language Museum: Southern Mam:
    Genesis in Todos Santos Cuchumatan Mam * Northern Mam Genesis * Southern Mam Genesis:
    Mam translations of Biblical passages.
Central Mam Prayer * Northern Mam Prayer * Lord's Prayer in Mam de Todos Santos:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Mam languages.
Silent Night:
    Mam translation of the Christmas song.
Lengua Mam
     Information on the Mam language, including grammar, a text, and linguistic maps of Guatemala and Mexico. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Mam:
     Article on the Mam language including phonology, dialects, and links.
House of Languages: Mam:
     Information about Mam language usage.
Northern Mam * Central Mam * Southern Mam * Tajumulco Mam * Todos Santos Mam:
    Demographic information about Mam from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Mam Language Tree:
    Theories about Mam's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Central Mam Language Structures * Southern Mam Language Structures:
    Mam linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.

Mam Culture and History Links
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Maya Books
    Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Todos Santos Cuchumatn
     Community website of the Todosantero Mam people.
Mam Maya
     Article about Mam culture and history.

Books for sale on the Mams

A Grammar of Mam, A Mayan Language
     Book on the Mam language for sale online.
Voices of Maya Midwives from the Mam Region of Guatemala
     Interesting book of oral history narrated by six Mam midwives.
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: Mam:
Bibliography of Mam language resources.
  Wikipedia: Mam:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Mam Indians.
  Etnia Mam * Los Mames * Identidad y Vocabulario del Pueblo Mam:
  Information about the Mam people and their language in Spanish.

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