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Akatek (also known as Acateco or Conob) is an indigenous language of Central America. With roughly 10,000 speakers in southeast Mexico and about 50,000 in Guatemala, it remains the primary language of the Akateko people and is an important part of their culture and identity. As a result, Akatek has recently been recognized as one of the national languages of Guatemala.

Linguists describe Akatek as part of the Mayan language family, positioning it close to K’iche’ and Yucatec Maya. Like these languages, it forms words through agglutination—i.e., adding several word-parts onto a single root word. This also means that verbs in Akatek conjugate according to who does a given action as well as the recipient or direct object of that action. Additionally, nouns are marked for number, possession, and how many possessors there are. However, the Akatek is unique in the way that it describes space: Its grammar features an elaborate system for indicating both location and directional movement, which must always be expressed.

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