World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Lacandon language

Native to Mexico
Region Chiapas
Ethnicity Lacandon people
Native speakers
560  (2000)[1]
Language codes
ISO 639-3 lac
Glottolog laca1243[2]

Lacandon (Jach-t’aan in the revised orthography of the Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indigenas)[3] is a Mayan language spoken by approximately 1000 Lacandon people in the state of Chiapas in Mexico.[4] Native Lacandon speakers refer to their language as Jach t’aan or Hach t'an. A portion of the Lacandon people also speak Tzeltal, Chol, and Spanish.[4]


The following tables list the standard phonemes of the Lacandon language.


  Labial Alveolar Palatal Velar Laryngeal
aspirated ejective aspirated ejective aspirated ejective aspirated ejective
Nasal   m  [m]   n  [n]      
Plosive b'  [ɓ] p'  [pʼ] t   [tʰ] t'  [tʼ] k  [kʰ] k'  [kʼ] 7 [ʔ]
Affricate p  [p̪ʰ] tz  [tsʰ] tz'  [tsʼ] ch  [tʃʰ] ch'  [tʃʼ]      
Fricative s  [s] x  [ʃ]   h  [ʜ]
Approximant   l  [l]   y  [j]   w [ʋ]  
Flap   r  [ɾ]      


  1. ^ Lacandon at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Lacandon". Glottolog 2.2. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 
  3. ^  
  4. ^ a b Gordon, Raymond G., Jr., ed. (2005). "Lacandon".  
This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.