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Mam is a Mayan language with about 500,000 speakers, mostly in Guatemala (including the departments of Huehuetenango, where the city of Todos Santos Cuchumatán is located). The population of Todos Santos is predominantly indigenous. Men and women still wear their traditional clothing and most of them speak the Todos Santos dialect of the Mam language.
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This dictionary was made by J D Young.
List status: © J D Young
Mam > English: 12,377 words
English > Mam: 15,984 words
Last update: April 5, 2020
First upload: October 26, 2016
This dictionary of the Mayan language Mam is only just beginning to be input. Although my primary aim is to learn Mam of Todos Santos, I am entering all the Mam words that are defined in the materials available in order to glean from this dictionary words that will be useful in the Todos Santos dialect.
It has been very difficult to ascertain which Mam words are understood in all the Mam dialects. There are over 22 different Mam dialects and although the speakers of those dialects can understand each other to a point, they are not really interchangeable. Three Mam grammar books and several Mam dictionaries and primers are the source for the information you will find in this dictionary. Many of the words entered here are common to most of the Mam dialects with slight variations in spelling and pronunciation.
Hopefully this will be of some use to those interested in the Mam language.
Please note: the ? from some sources and the õ from others has been replaced by xh in this dictionary. If you are trying to find a word that contains one of these symbols, search using the xh in their place.
J D Young
A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language, by Nora C. England. University of Texas Press, Publisher. Copyright 1983.
The first full-length reference grammar of Mam, a Mayan language spoken today in the western highlands of Guatemala and the state of Chiapas, Mexico (click on the book cover to order).
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