800,000 in Guatemala (2009 SIL), increasing. Population total all countries: 823,500.
Northern Alta Verapaz, southern Petén departments.
4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (2003, National Languages Act, Decree No. 19).
Alta Verapaz Cobán. Only slight dialect differences.
VOS; negatives before verb; verbal affixation marks person and gender, passives and voice; 19 consonant and 15 vowel phonemes; nontonal.
Latin script [Latn].
Traditional religion, Christian.