Q’eqchi’

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A language of Guatemala

Alternate Names
Cacche’, Kekchi’, Kekchí, Ketchi’, Quecchi’
Population

800,000 in Guatemala (2009 SIL), increasing. Population total all countries: 823,500.

Location

Northern Alta Verapaz, southern Petén departments. Also in Belize (Kekchí), El Salvador (Kekchí).

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Language Status

4 (Educational). Statutory language of national identity (2003, National Languages Act, Decree No. 19).

Dialects

Alta Verapaz Cobán. Only slight dialect differences.

Typology

SVO; verbal affixation marks person and gender, passives and voice; 19 consonant and 15 vowel phonemes; nontonal

Language Use

All domains. All ages. Positive attitudes.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 10%–30%. Literacy rate in L2: 22%. Taught in primary and secondary schools. Poetry. Radio programs. Films. TV. Videos. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible: 1988–2001.
Writing
Latin script.
Other Comments

Traditional religion, Christian.

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