Achi language

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Native to Guatemala
Region Baja Verapaz
Ethnicity Achi
Native speakers
unknown (85,000 cited 1990–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 acr
Glottolog achi1256[2]

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. ^ Rabinal Achi at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
    Cubulco Achi at Ethnologue (15th ed., 2005)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Achi". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

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