Paya (Pech)

Paya is a Chibchan language spoken in central Honduras, particularly in the municipalities of Dulce Nombre de Culmí and San Esteban in Olancho Department, and also in the municipality of Brus Laguna in Gracias a Dios Department, and in Trujillo in Colón Department. In 1993 there were 990 speakers of Paya, most of whom are over 40 years old.

Paya is also known as Pech, Seco or Bayano. The word Pech, which is used to refer to Paya speakers and their language, means "people". Paya people are also known as Poyers or Pahayas. Paya has no official status in Honduras.

Paya alphabet and pronunciation

Paya alphabet and pronunciation


Paya has two tones: a low tone, which is not marked, and a high tone, which can be marked with an acute accent.

Download an alphabet chart for Paya (Excel)

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Information about the Paya language

Chibchan languages

Arhuaco, Bribri, Buglere, Cabécar, Guaymí, Kuna, Maléku, Paya, Rama, Teribe

Languages written with the Latin alphabet

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