Jakalteko

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A language of Guatemala

Alternate Names
Popti’
Population

9,000 in Guatemala (1990 SIL). Population total all countries: 9,500.

Location

Huehuetenango Department near Mexico border, Concepción Huista and Jakaltenango areas. Also in Mexico.

Language Status

5 (Developing).

Dialects

Eastern Jakalteko (Eastern Jacalteco), Western Jakalteko (Western Jacaltec, Western Jacalteco). The eastern and western varieties understand each other’s spoken languages, but not written text.

Typology

VSO

Language Use

All ages.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L1: 5%–10%. Literacy rate in L2: 15%–52%. NT: 1979–1997.
Writing
Latin script.

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