800,000 (2009 SIL), increasing. Total users in all countries: 817,600.
Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, and El Quiché departments; Izabal department: north from the lake; Petén department: south of Flores.
4 (Educational). Recognized language (2003, Law of National Languages, Decree 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.