Achi language

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Native to Guatemala
Region Baja Verapaz
Ethnicity 130,000 Achi (2013)[1]
Native speakers
(85,000 cited 1990–2000)[2]
Official status
Recognised minority
language in
Regulated by Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala
Language codes
ISO 639-3 acr
Glottolog achi1256[3]

Achi (Achí in Spanish) is a Mayan language very closely related to K'iche' (Quiché in the older orthography). It is spoken by the Achi people, primarily in the department of Baja Verapaz in Guatemala.

There are two Achi dialects. Rabinal Achi is spoken in the Rabinal area, and Cubulco Achi is spoken in the Cubulco area west of Rabinal.

One of the masterpieces of precolumbian literature is the Rabinal Achí, a theatrical play written in the Achi language.


  1. ^ Achi language at Ethnologue (19th ed., 2016)
  2. ^ Rabinal Achi at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
    Cubulco Achi at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  3. ^ Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Achi". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

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