Poqomchi' language

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Native to Guatemala
Region Baja Verapaz
Ethnicity Poqomchi'
Native speakers
92,000 (1998–2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 poh
Glottolog poqo1254[2]

Poqomchi’ (Poqomchii’) is a Mayan language spoken by the Poqomchi’ Maya of Guatemala, and is very closely related to Poqomam. Its two main dialects, eastern and western, were spoken by 90,000 or so people in the year 2000, in Purulhá, Baja Verapaz, and in the following municipalities of Alta Verapaz: Santa Cruz Verapaz, San Cristóbal Verapaz, Tactic, Tamahú and Tucurú. It is also the predominant language in the municipality of Chicamán (El Quiché), which borders Alta Verapaz.[3]


Poqomam is spoken in the following municipalities of Alta Verapaz, Baja Verapaz, and El Quiché departments (Variación Dialectal en Poqom, 2000).

  • Alta Verapaz
    • Panzós (in the community of San Vicente II)
    • La Tinta
    • Tucurú
    • Tamahú
    • Tactic
    • Santa Cruz Verapaz
    • San Cristóbal Verapaz
  • El Quiché
    • Chicamán (in the aldea of Belejú)
  • Baja Verapaz
    • Purulhá (in the community of Ribalcó)


  1. ^ Poqomchi’ at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Poqomchi'". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^ "Demografía". Municipalidad de Chicamán. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 


Spanne, Joan (2009-02-19). "ISO 639-3 Change Requests Series 2008: Summary of Outcomes" (PDF online publication). ISO 639-3 Change Requests. SIL International. Retrieved 2009-03-09. 

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