Authored by: Alejandro Curiel Ramírez del Prado

The Mayan Languages

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415738026
eBook ISBN: 9781315192345
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Tojolabal is spoken by about 50,000 people settled in more than 300 communities in eastern Chiapas, Mexico, in the region between Comitán and Altamirano (INALI 2014). The classification of Tojolabal has been controversial. According to Kaufman (1972), Tojolabal belongs to the Q’anjob’alan branch, although lexical, phonological, morphological, and syntactic evidence has led to several alternative proposals, namely that Tojolabal belongs to Tseltalan (Robertson 1977) or that it is a mixed language (Law 2014).

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