Itza' language

Infobox Language
name=Itza'
nativename=Itza'
states=Guatemala
region=Petén
speakers=approx. 10
familycolor=American
fam1=Mayan
fam2=Yucatecan
fam3=Mopan-Itza
iso2=myn
iso3=itz

Itza' (also "Itza", "Petén Itzá Maya") is one of the Yucatecan branch of the Mayan languages. The other languages in the Yucatecan branch are Yucatec, Lakantun, and Mopan.

Today, it is spoken only by a few elderly adults in communities to the north of Lake Petén Itzá in northern Guatemala. It is nearly extinct. The Itza ethnic group now almost all speak Spanish, and are not fluent in Itza.

External links

* [http://www.native-languages.org/itzaj.htm Itza' language resources at Native-languages.org]
* [http://www.famsi.org/spanish/mayawriting/dictionary/boot/itza_based-on_hofling1991.pdf#search=%22Itza%20maya%22 Itza vocabulary by Erik Boot hosted at FAMSI]


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