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Zoque Language (Soke)

Zoque is a Mixe-Zoquean language of Mexico. Actually there are between two and five different Zoque languages--Zoque de Chiapas, Zoque de Oaxaca, and Zoque de Tabasco are different enough that speakers of one cannot understand speakers of the others, and some linguists even consider the different dialects of Zoque de Chiapas distinct enough to be separate languages. Two Popoluca languages of Veracruz are also closely related to Zoque and are sometimes referred to as Zoque de Veracruz. In total nearly 40,000 people speak Zoque languages in Chiapas, Oaxaca, and Tabasco today, and another 30,000 speak the two Popoluca Zoquean languages.

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Zoque Language Resources

Meso-American Native Languages
     Map showing the areas in Mexico where Zoque languages are spoken.
Zoque Ayapa * Zoque Chimalapa * Zoque Copainala * Zoque Francisco Leon * Zoque Rayon
     Our lists of Zoque vocabulary words, with comparison to words in other Mixe-Zoque languages.
Zoque Metathesis
     Linguistics paper on phonology in the Zoquean languages..
San Miguel Chimalapa Soke
     Online dictionary lookup for Chimalapa Zoque.
Zoque de Francesco de León * Copainalá Zoque
     Two Christian prayers translated into dialects of Chiapas Zoque.
Bible Verses in Mexican Languages: Zoque de Francesco Leon:
    Zoque translation of several Biblical passages.
Zoque Placenames
     Chart of indigenous Popoluca and Zoque place names in Mexico.
Francisco León Zoque * Copainalá Zoque * Chimalapa Zoque * Rayón Zoque * Tabasco Zoque
     Demographic information about the Zoque languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Tabasco Soke Language Tree * Oaxaca Soke Language Tree * Rayón Soke Language Tree
    Francisco Leon Soke Language Tree * Copainalí Soke Language Tree:
    Theories about Zoque's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Ostuacan Zoque Language Structures * Soteapan Zoque Language Structures * Copainalá Zoque Language Structures
    Francisco León Zoque Language Structures * Rayon Language Structures * Chimalapa Zoque Language Structures:
    Zoque linguistic profiles and academic bibliographies.
Costumes and Weaving of the Zoque Indians
     Book for sale about traditional Zoque Indian textile arts.

Additional Resources, Links, and References

Oaxaca Zoque * Ayapanec Zoque:
Bibliography of Zoque language resources from the Endangered Languages Project.
   Lengua Zoque:
   Information about the Zoque language in Spanish.

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