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Pocomchi Indian Language

Pocomchi is a Mayan language spoken by around 90,000 people in Guatemala. There are two main varieties of Pocomchi: Eastern and Western. Some linguists consider them to be two distinct languages, but most consider them dialects of a single Pocomchi language. The Pocomchi languages have SVO word order.

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Our Pocomchi Language Materials

Pocomchi Vocabulary
     Our list of vocabulary words in the Pocomchi language, with comparison to words in other Mayan languages.
Pocomchi Maya Pronunciation Guide:
    How to pronounce Pocomchi words.
Pocomchi Animal Words:
     Illustrated glossary of animal words in the Pocomchi language.
Pocomchi Colors:
    Worksheet showing color words in Pocomchi.
Pocomchi Numbers:
     Worksheet showing how to count in the Pocomchi language.

Pocomchi Language Resources

Language Map of Guatemala: * Meso-American Native Languages:
    Map showing where in Central America the Pokomchi language is spoken.
Pocomchi Texts
     Collection of short texts in the Pocomchi language.
Poqomchi’ Tusq’orik:
    Online Spanish-Pocomchi glossary, with some audio clips of spoken words.
Language Museum: Pokomchi * Eastern Pokomchi Genesis:
    Pokomam translations of Biblical passages and Christian prayers.
Lengua Pocomchí
     Information on the Pocomchi language, including a linguistic map of Guatemala. Page in Spanish.
Wikipedia: Poqomchi':
     Brief encyclopedia entry on Pocomchi.
House of Languages: Pocomchí:
    Information about Poqomchi language usage.
Ethnologue: Eastern Poqomchi' * Ethnologue: Western Poqomchi':
     Demographic information about the Poqomchi language.
Poqomchí Language Tree:
    Theories about Pokomchi's language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
Pokomchí Language Structures:
    Pokomchi linguistic profile and academic bibliography.

Pocomchi Culture and History Links
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Maya Books
    Books for sale on the Maya Indian cultures.
Poqomchi' Maya
     Article about Poqomchi' culture and history.

Books for sale on the Pocomchis

Pocomchi Texts with Grammatical Notes:
     Collection of stories and dialogues in the Pocomchi language.
The Pocomchi: A sociolinguistic study:
     Book on Pocomchi language and culture.
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.
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: Poqomchi:
Bibliography of Pocomchi language resources.
  Wikipedia: Pocomchi:
  Encyclopedia articles on the Pocomchi Indians.
  Los poqomchíes * Los poqomchís * Idioma poqomchí:
  Information about the Pocomchis in Spanish.

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