Poqomam

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A language of Guatemala

Alternate Names
Pocomán, Pokomam, Qaq’oral
Population

35,000 (2015 S. Hilario). Ethnic population: 75,000 (2015 S. Hilario).

Location

Chiquimula department; Jalapa department: San Luis Jilotepeque; Guatemala department: 1 enclave northeast of Guatemala City, Chinautla; the other 20 km southwest, mostly in Escuintla department.

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Language Status

5 (Developing). Recognized language (2003, Law of National Languages, Decree 19).

Dialects

Central Poqomam, Eastern Poqomam, Southern Poqomam (Palín Pocomam).

Typology

SVO.

Language Use

Shifting to Spanish [spa]. Home. Also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 50%. Literacy rate in L2: 75% in Spanish [spa]. Poetry. Magazines. Radio programs. Films. Dictionary. Grammar. Bible portions: 1966–1983. Agency: Academy of Mayan Languages.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].