Chuj (Koti’)

Chuj is a Qʼanjobalan–Chujean Mayan language spoken mainly in western Guatemala, and also in southern Mexico. There are about 58,600 speakers of Chuj in Guatemala, particularly in the municipalities of San Mateo Ixtatán, San Sebastián Coatán and Nentón in the Huehuetenango department. There are also about 2,890 speakers in Mexico, particularly in Trinitaria municipality in Chiapas state, and in the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo.

Chuj is also known as Chuh, Chuhe, Chuje or Chapai. The native name of the language is Koti’. There are two main dialects: San Mateo Ixtatán Chuj and San Sebastián Coatán Chuj.

Chuj is officially recognised in Guatemala. It is written with the Latin alphabet using an orthography based partly on Spanish. There are some publications in it, including a dictionary, grammar and translations of parts of the Bible.

Chuj alphabet

Chuj alphabet

Notes

When a vowel appears at the beginning of a word, it is preceded by a glottal stop [ʔ], unless there is an h in front of it.

Download an alphabet chart for Chuj (Excel)

Hear the Chuj alphabet

Sample text

Nok’ Xankatat yet’ nok’xe’en
Xenhxni xekxni xanhxni hinb’eyi
Xankatak xanhb’ wek’ a stixalu
Xchi nok’ xankat a nok’ xe’en,
Xwila xwabi, xelab’a to ojinwekla,
to jinxekla manhx ojinwekla.

Sourcehttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuj_language

Videos in Chuj

Links

Information about Chuj
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuj_language
https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Idioma_chuj
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/cac
http://www.native-languages.org/chuj.htm
https://talkingdictionary.swarthmore.edu/chuj/
http://www.famsi.org/mayawriting/dictionary/hopkins/ChujEnglishDictionary2012.pdf

Mayan languages

Achi, Akatek, Awakatek, Chontal Maya, Ch’ol, Chorti, Chuj, Huasteco, Itzaʼ, Ixil, Jakaltek, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Mocho’, Mopan, Poqomam, Poqomchiʼ, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Sakapultek, Sipakapense, Tektitek, Tojolabal, Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Uspantek, Yucatec Maya

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

Page created: 02.12.21. Last modified: 06.05.22

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