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Pame Indian Language

Pame is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico. There are three varieties of Pame, known as Central, Northern, and Southern Pame, which are considered separate languages by some people and dialects of the same language by others. The Central Pame language is sometimes confused with the Chichameco language because both people have been referred to as Chichamecs, but the two languages are quite different-- "Chichamec" was simply an old Aztec word for "barbarian" and was applied by the Aztecs to many different Mexican tribes.

Taken together there are about 10,000 speakers of Pame languages in Mexico today. They are tone languages and have primarily SVO word order.

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Pame Language Resources

Our Online Pame Materials

Pame Vocabulary:
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Isthmus and Yatzachi Pame languages.
Pame Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Pame language.
Pame Numbers:
     How to count in Pame.

Pame Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions

Central Pame Phonology: * Central Pame Text * Pame Genesis Translation:
    Central Pame Bible Translations:
    Scanned-in Pame language materials from the Rosetta Project.
AILLA: Pame:
    Archive of Pame language recordings available for download.
Central Pame Prayers * San Luis de la Paz Pame * Purisima Concepcion de Arnedo Pame:
    Translations of Christian prayers into the Pame language.
Central Pame * Northern Pame * Southern Pame:
    Demographic information about the Pame languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Southern Pame Language Tree * Central Pame Language Tree * Northern Pame Language Tree:
    Theories about Pame's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Pame Language Structures:
    Pame linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Pame:
Bibliography of Pame language resources.
   Pame * North Pame Language:
    Encyclopedia articles about the Pames.
   Lenguas Pame:
    Information on the Pame languages in Spanish.

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