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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.

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Our Tzeltal Language Materials

Tzeltal Vocabulary
     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.
Tzeltal Colors:
    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.
Tseltal Phrases:
    Vocabulary words and phrases from the Tseltal language.
AILLA: Tseltal:
    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.
Lengua Tzeltal
     Information on the Tzeltal language, including a linguistic map of Mexico. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Tzeltal:
     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.

Tzeltal Culture and History Links

Tzeltal People
     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
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Tzeltal Tales of Demons and Monsters
     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.

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Links, References, and Additional Information

  Endangered Languages Project: Tzeltal:
Bibliography of Tzeltal language resources.
Los Tzeltales:
Information about the Tzeltal tribe in Spanish.

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