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Tojolabal (Tojolꞌabꞌal)

Tojolabal is a Mayan language spoken in the Mexican state of Chiapas, in the departments of Altamirano and Margaritas. According to the 2010 census, there are 51,733 speakers of Tojolabal, which is also known as Chañabal, Comiteco or Tojol-ab’al. It is closely related to Chuj, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala.

Tojolabal is used to some extent on a local radio station in Margaritas.

Tojolabal alphabet and pronunciation

Tojolabal alphabet and pronunciation

Download an alphabet chart for Tojolabal (Excel)

Indication of the glottal stop with a saltiyo (') appears to be optional: some texts use it, other do not.

Details of the Tojolabal alphabet provided by Michael Peter Füstumum

Sample texts

Spetsanal ja swinkil ja lu'um k'inali junxta wax jul schonjel, sok ja sijpanub'ali, ja yuj ojni b'ob' sk'u'luk ja jas sk'ana-i ja b'as lekilali, ja yuj ja ay sk'ujoli sok ay spensari t'ilan oj yilsb'aje lek sok ja smoj jumasa.

Translation (of all the above texts)

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Laj sok ay to jun tajboeo sok joo lajuneo mil, ma chab winikeo mil kristyano wa xkoumaniye Tojol- aboal, jun koumal maya wa xtax boa slujmal Chiyapas, Mejiko, mojan boa stsoajkanil slujmal Watemala. Jitsan to ja mao wa xkoumani ja koumal itio pe takal takal wan choayel. Jitsan koumanum wa xwajye boa niwakil chonabo jasta Mejiko, ma Estados Sunidos. Ay ni wa xwajye yuj wa skoanaweo, ma yu ja wokolanel meoyuk ja takoinio. Jitsan kristyano wa xchoaya skoujul ja skoumalio. Ja pensar iti oj koe tulxuk, boa oj kujlajuk jun Snajtsil Snoljel sok Spuktesjel Aotel boa Tojol-aboal, ja yuj wan chapxel chabo oxe nebouman ja boa koumal itio boa oj naoxuk snoljel sok spuktesjel ja aotel jumasao. Koumanum boa tuktukil koumal sok maotik wa xkoumani Tojol-aboal lajan oj koulaxuk ja aotelio, boa oj chapxuk ja aotel jumasa oj koulaxuki boa oj koaboti sboejlal. Snebojelyi ja jeouman mao wan xa snaoa, jastal jmojtik boa tseltal, tsotsil, oj sjeoe ja jastal wa snaoawe snoljel sok spuktesjel koumal jumasao sok yaoteltajel boa jun spensarajel jastal oj tojbouk ja koumalio.

Source: http://sssat.missouri.edu/tojolabal/index.shtml

Sample video in Tojolabal

Links

Information about Tojolabal language
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tojolabal
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tojolabal
https://www.ethnologue.com/language/toj
http://www.native-languages.org/tojolabal.htm
https://www.sil.org/resources/archives/3308
http://sssat.missouri.edu/english/index.shtml
http://www.rebelion.org/docs/123766.pdf

Mayan languages

Achi, Aguacateco, Akatek, Ch’ol, Chorti, Huasteco, Ixil, Kaqchikel, Ki'che', Lacandon, Mam, Q’anjob’al, Q'eqchi', Tojolabal, Tsotsil, Tzeltal, Tz'utujil, Yucatec Maya

Other languages written with the Latin alphabet


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