Cauque Mayan language

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Cauque Mayan
Cakchiquel–Quiché Mixed Language
Kaqchikel–K’iche’ Mixed Language
Native to Guatemala
Region Sacatepéquez
Native speakers
2,000  (1998)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ckz
Glottolog cakc1235[2]

Cauque Mayan is a mixed language, a K’iche’ (Quiché) base relexified by Kaqchikel (Cakchiquel). During the colonial era, K’iche’ migrated to Sacatepéquez, in the heart of Kaqchikel territory, where they founded the village of Santa María Cauque. Today only older adults retain the K’iche’ base to their speech: for younger speakers, the language has merged into Kaqchikel.


  • Paul Stevenson, 1990. Santa Maria Cauque: a case of Cakchiquel–Quiche language mixing.
  1. ^ Cauque Mayan at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Cakchiquel-Quiche Mixed Language". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.