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Akateko Language (Acatec, Acateco)

Language: Acateco is a Maya 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 agglutinative language 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 Acatec Language Materials

Acatec Vocabulary
    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.
Acatec Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Acatec.
Acateco Numbers:
    Worksheet showing how to count in the Acateco language.
Acatec Food:
    Worksheet with pictures of food words in the Acatec language.

Books for sale on the Acatecs
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Diccionario akateko-espanol
    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.
Indian Books:
    Evolving list of books about Mayas and Native Americans in general.

Acatec Language Resources

AILLA: Akateko:
    Archive of Akateko language recordings available for download.
Yokb’anilq’ane Akateko:
    Online Spanish-Akateko glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Kukuy Akateko/Aprendemos el Idioma Akateko:
    Acatec language learning materials in Spanish, including alphabet, vocabulary and texts.
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.
The Bible in Akateko:
    Translation of the New Testament into the Acatec language.
Yokb’anilq’ane Akateko:
    Ongoing project to produce an online audio glossary of Akateko. In Spanish and English.
Lengua Acateco
    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.
Wikipedia: Akatek:
    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.

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Acatec Culture and History Links

Endangered Languages Project: Akateko:
    Bibliography of Akateko language resources.
Acatec People
    Encyclopedia articles on the Acatec Indians.
Los Acatecos * Pueblo Akateko:
    Information about the Acatec people in Spanish.

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