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Tzeltal Indian Language
Tzeltal is a Mayan language.
There are two main varieties of Tzeltal: Highland Tzeltal and Lowland Tzeltal. Some linguists consider them distinct languages, but
most consider them dialects of a single Tzeltal language. Highland and Lowland Tzeltal speakers can usually understand each other fairly well.
The Tzeltal languages are spoken by a combined 200,000 people in Mexico. Word order is VOS.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Tzeltal language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Tzeltal Maya Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Tzeltal words.
Tzeltal Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Tzeltal language.
Worksheet showing color words in Tzeltal.
Tzeltal Language Resources
Oxchuc Tzeltal Language: Tzeltal Orthography: Tzeltal Numerals: Tzeltal Mayan Phonemes: Tzeltal Texts:
Scanned-in Tzeltal language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Vocabulary words and phrases from the Tseltal language.
Archive of Tzeltal language recordings available for download.
Human Rights: Tzeltal:
Translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into Tzeltal.
The Bible in Bachajón Tzeltal Genesis in Highland Tzeltal Genesis in Lowland Tzeltal Oxchuc Tzeltal Genesis:
Tzeltal translations of Biblical passages.
Tzeltal Prayers: Tzendal Prayer:
Tzeltal translations of the Lord's Prayer and other Christian prayers.
Information on the Tzeltal language, including a linguistic map of Mexico. Page in Spanish.
Brief encyclopedia entry on Tzeltal.
House of Languages: Celtala:
Information about Tzeltal language usage.
Oxchuc (Highland) Tzeltal Bachajón (Lowland) Tzeltal
Demographic information about Tzeltal from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Tzeltal Language Tree:
Theories about Tzeltal's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Aguacatenango Tzeltal Language Structures Bachajón Tzeltal Language Structures Tenejapa Language Structures:
Tzeltal linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Encyclopedia articles on the Tzeltal Indians.
Tzeltal Maya Tzotzil and Tzeltal of Pantelhó
Articles on Tzeltal culture and history.
Books for sale on the Tzeltals
Tzeltal Tales of Demons and Monsters
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Collection of Tzeltal legends for sale online.
The Ancient Maya:
Excellent historical overview of ancient Mayan civilization in general.
Native American Books:
Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Tzeltal:
Bibliography of Tzeltal language resources.
Information about the Tzeltal tribe in Spanish.
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