Ch’orti’

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A language of Guatemala

Alternate Names
Chorti’
Population

11,700 (2003 census). Ethnic population: 46,800 (2003 census).

Location

Chiquimula and Zacapa departments; eastern border with Honduras.

Language Status

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

Typology

VOS.

Language Use

All ages. Many also use Spanish [spa].

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 40%–50%. Literacy rate in L2: 40%–50%. Taught in primary schools. Dictionary. Grammar. NT: 1997–2012. Agency: Academy of Mayan Languages.
Writing

Latin script [Latn].

Other Comments

Not the same as the extinct language called Choltí, formerly spoken in the Quiriguá and Izabal area. Nearly extinct in Honduras.

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