Poqomam language

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Native to Guatemala
Region Alta Verapaz
Ethnicity Poqomam
Native speakers
49,000 in Guatemala  (1990–1991)[1]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated by Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala (ALMG)
Language codes
ISO 639-3 poc
Glottolog poqo1253[3]

Poqomam is a Mayan language, closely related to Poqomchi’. It is spoken by approximately 49,000 people in several small pockets in Guatemala, the largest of which is in the Alta Verapaz department but which extend to El Salvador.[4][5]


Poqomam is spoken in the following municipalities of Escuintla, Jalapa, and Guatemala departments (Variación Dialectal en Poqom, 2000).


  1. ^ Poqomam at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Congreso de la República de Guatemala. "Decreto Número 19-2003. Ley de Idiomas Nacionales". Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  3. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Poqomam". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  4. ^ Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. "Ethnologue report for Guatemala". Ethnologue. Ethnologue.com. Retrieved 2009-12-14. 
  5. ^ The official 2002 Guatemala census mentions a lower figure of 11,273 Poqomam speakers. See "XI Censo Nacional de Población y VI de Habitación (Censo 2002) - Idioma o lengua en que aprendió a hablar". Instituto Nacional de Estadística. 2002. Retrieved 2008-05-27.