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Akateko Language (Acatec, Acateco)
Language: Acateco is a Mayan language
spoken by 40,000 people in Guatemala and Mexico. It is closely related to
Kanjobal and used to be considered
a Kanjobal dialect, but the two languages are actually distinct enough that Kanjobal and Acateco speakers
cannot easily understand each other. Acateco is an
that uses primarily VOS word order.
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Names: The official name of the language is Akateko. (Other common spelling variants include Acateco, Acatec,
Acateca, Akatek, Aquatec, and Acatan Maya.) This name was coined by linguists in the 1970's and is not often used by the speakers
themselves, who call their language Kanjobal and themselves Mayas or Miguelenos. Both "Akateko" and "Migueleño" derive
from the name of their central village, San Miguel Acatán.
In older literature, the Akateko language was sometimes referred
to as Western Kanjobal (Western Q'anjob'al) or Conob, which is another name referring to Kanjobal.
Our list of vocabulary words in the Acatec language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Acatec Maya Pronunciation Guide:
How to pronounce Acatec words.
Acatec Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Acatec language.
Acatec Body Parts:
Online and printable worksheets showing parts of the body in Acatec.
Worksheet showing color words in Acatec.
Worksheet showing how to count in the Acateco language.
Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Acatec language.
Books for sale on the Acatecs
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Acateco-Spanish dictionary for sale online.
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.
Mayan Language Books For Purchase:
Sales of language materials in Akateko and other Mayan languages.
Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.
Acatec Language Resources
Archive of Akateko language recordings available for download.
Online Spanish-Akateko glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Mayan Placenames in Guatemala:
Chart of Guatemalan place names in Akateko and other Mayan languages.
Lord's Prayer in Acateco Language Museum: Western Qanjobal: Akateko Words of Life:
Acateco translations of Bible passages and Christian prayers.
Ongoing project to produce an online audio glossary of Akateko. In Spanish and English.
Information on the Acatec language, including grammar and a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
House of Languages: Akateko
Information about Akateko language usage.
Demographic information about Acatec from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Brief encyclopedia entry on the Akateko language.
Akateko Language Tree:
Theories about Akatek's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Western Kanjobal Language Structures:
Acateco linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Books for sale on the Maya Indian tribes.
Encyclopedia articles on the Acatec Indians.
Los Acatecos Pueblo Akateko:
Information about the Acatec people in Spanish.
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