|9,610 (2003 census)|
|Regulated by||Academia de Lenguas Mayas de Guatemala|
Awakatek is a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala, primarily in Huehuetenango and around Aguacatán. The language only has around 9000 speakers, and is considered vulnerable by UNESCO. In addition, the language in Mexico is critically endangered, with only 3 elderly speakers left in Champotón, Campeche as of 2000.
Awakatek is closely related to Ixil and the two languages together form the sub-branch Ixilean, which together with the Mamean languages, Mam and Tektitek, form a sub-branch Greater-Mamean, which again, together with the Greater-Quichean languages, ten Mayan languages, including Kʼicheʼ, form the branch Quichean–Mamean.
The Awakatek people themselves refer to their language as qaʼyol, literally meaning 'our word'. They also call themselves qatanum, which means 'our people' and is distinct from the word Awakatec, which is used in Spanish in reference to the municipality of Aguacatán (which means place of abundant avocados and refers to agricultural production and not specifically to the indigenous people).
|Close||i /i/||ii /iː/||u /u/||uu /uː/|
|Mid||e /e/||ee /eː/||o /o/||oo /oː/|
|Open||a /a/||aa /aː/|
There are four diphthongs: ay /aj/, ey /ej/, oy /oj/, uy /uj/.
|Plosive||Normal||p /pʰ/||t /tʰ/||k /kʰ/||ky /kʰʲ/||q /qʰ/||' /ʲʔ/|
|Ejective||pʼ /pʼ/||tʼ /tʼ/||kʼ /kʼ/||kyʼ/kʼʲ/|
|Implosive||bʼ /ɓ/||qʼ /ʛ/|
|Nasal||m /m/||n /n/||nh /ŋ/|
|Fricative||w /v~f/||s /s/||xh /ʃ/||x /ʂ/||j /χ/||h /ʜ/|
|Affricate||Normal||p /ɸʰ/||tz /t͡sʰ/||ch /t͡ʃʰ/||tx /ʈ͡ʂʰ/|
|Ejective||tzʼ /t͡sʼ/||chʼ /t͡ʃʼ/||txʼ /ʈ͡ʂʼ/|
|Approximant||l /l~ɺ/||y /j/||w /ʍ/|
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