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Pame Indian Language
Pame is an Oto-Manguean language of Mexico.
There are three varieties of Pame, known as Central, Northern, and Southern Pame, which are considered
separate languages by some people and dialects of the same language by others. The Central Pame language
is sometimes confused with the Chichameco
language because both people have been referred to as Chichamecs, but the two languages are quite different--
"Chichamec" was simply an old Aztec word for "barbarian" and was applied by the Aztecs to many different Mexican tribes.
Taken together there are about 10,000 speakers of Pame languages in
Mexico today. They are tone languages and have primarily SVO word order.
Our Online Pame Materials
Our list of vocabulary words in the Isthmus and Yatzachi Pame languages.
Pame Animal Words:
Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Pame language.
How to count in Pame.
Pame Language Lessons and Linguistic Descriptions
Central Pame Phonology: Central Pame Text Pame Genesis Translation:
Central Pame Bible Translations:
Scanned-in Pame language materials from the Rosetta Project.
Archive of Pame language recordings available for download.
Central Pame Prayers San Luis de la Paz Pame Purisima Concepcion de Arnedo Pame:
Translations of Christian prayers into the Pame language.
Central Pame Northern Pame Southern Pame:
Demographic information about the Pame languages from the Ethnologue of Languages.
Southern Pame Language Tree Central Pame Language Tree Northern Pame Language Tree:
Theories about Pame's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Pame Language Structures:
Pame linguistic profile and academic bibliography.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Endangered Languages Project: Pame:
Bibliography of Pame language resources.
Pame North Pame Language:
Encyclopedia articles about the Pames.
Information on the Pame languages in Spanish.
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