Yokot'an (Tabasco Chontal) Dialect Survey

Encuesta Lingüística del Yokot'an (Chontal de Tabasco)

Object Details

Collection LanguageChontal, Tabasco
Language PIDailla:119536
Title [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Title
TitleYokot'an (Tabasco Chontal) Dialect Survey
Collector(s)Kaufman, Terrence
Montgomery-Anderson, Brad
Depositor(s)Kaufman, Terrence
Project/Collector Website
Description [Indigenous]
Language of Indigenous Description
DescriptionThe Yokot'an (Tabasco Chontal) Dialect Survey was planned by Brad Montgomery-Anderson and Terrence Kaufman as part of the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica in 2010. The questionnaire for this dialect survey was based on the "Linguistic questionnaire for dialect variation research on the languages of Guatemala" (Kaufman 1970-1971), the "Linguistic questionnaire for dialect variation research on the Totonac language" (Kaufman, McKay and Trechsel, 1994), and the "Linguistic questionnaire for dialect variation research on the Zoque language" (Kaufman and Zavala, 2010). Yokot'an is a Mayan language also known as Tabasco Chontal (or simply Chontal), and is not to be confused with the unrelated Chontal languages of Oaxaca. Ethnologue assigns Yokot'an the ISO 639-3 code chf.

Surveys were taken in the following communities and municipalities in the Mexican state of Tabasco:
  • Colonia Nueva Esperanza Quintín Arauz, Centla
  • Villa Vicente Guerrero, Centla
  • Isla Guadalupe, Nacajuca
  • Olcuatitán, Nacajuca
  • Tapotzingo, Nacajuca
  • Tecoluta, Nacajuca
  • Tucta, Nacajuca
  • Montegrande, Jonuta
  • Tamulté de las Sabanas, Centro
  • Villa Benito Juárez (previously known as San Carlos), Macuspana
The bulk of the materials were given to AILLA by Terrence Kaufman for digitization and preservation in 2012. Some born-digital materials were given to AILLA after this time. After processing, physical media was returned to Kaufman beginning in May 2018.

The collection consists of 14 folders containing 496 audio recordings in WAV or MP3 format, 18 digital document files, and 26 digital images of the towns and people represented in the survey.

10 folders contain all the media (audio, texts, and images) associated with a single set of responses to the dialect survey or biographic interview. One folder contains a blank copy of the questionnaire used for this project, and three folders contain other audio recordings in Yokot'an: a history of one community, a narrative about a married couple, and songs. As of July 2018, there are no transcriptions survey responses in the collection apart from answers to the biographical and sociolinguistic questions of the interview.

All items in this collection are restricted at this time. Refer to AILLA's Access Levels and Conditions of Use for more information.

Additional materials in Yokot'an (including elicitation recordings, narratives, songs, and more) may be found in the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of MesoAmerica Collection in AILLA.

The digitization and preservation of this collection was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. BCS-1157867. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.