Itza’ language

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Native to Guatemala
Region Petén
Ethnicity Itza people
Native speakers
unknown (12 cited 1986)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 itz
Glottolog itza1241[2]

Itza'[clarification needed — Is this an accented letter A, as in Lake Petén Itzá? If so, add Itzá as a name & correct all articles. If not, explain the apostrophe.] (also Itza or Itzaj) is one of the Yucatecan branch of the Mayan languages.

Related languages[edit]

The other languages in the Yucatecan branch are Yucatec, Lakantun, and Mopan. All the Yucatecan languages are closely linked with each other. However, people speaking Itza' and those speaking Yucatec do have difficulties understanding each other.


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

See also[edit]


  • Charles Andrew Hofling: Itzá Maya texts with a grammatical overview. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City 1991. 321 pp. ISBN 0-87480-359-4
  • Charles Andrew Hofling, Félix Fernando Tesucún: Tojt'an: diccionario maya itzaj - castellano. Guatemala, Cholsamaj, 2000.
  • Charles Andrew Hofling: Itzaj Maya Grammar. The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City 2000. ISBN 0-87480-666-6
  • Charles Andrew Hofling, Félix Fernando Tesucún: Itzaj Maya-Spanish-English Dictionary. The University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City 1997. ISBN 0-87480-550-3


  1. ^ Itza' at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Itza". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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