Mam is a Mayan language spoken by about half a million
people in Guatemala, mainly in the departments of Quetzaltenango,
Huehuetenango and San Marcos. It is also spoken in the Mexican
state of Chiapas along the border with Guatemala.
There are three main varieties of Mam: Northern Mam,
which is spoken in Huehuetenango; Southern Mam, which is
spoken in Quetzaltenango, and Central Mam, which is spoken
in San Marcos. Each of these has many sub-dialects and there
is considerable variation in the language from village to
village, however Mam speakers are able to understand
one another reasonably well.
Kyaqiilqe winaq nchi itz'aj tuj kopib'il, juunx kychuwiinqal
b'ix kyokleen, kyja'tzan tuj tb'aanal xiinv'il tu'n kyanq'iin
tuj b'ank'u'j kyxool.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
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