The Mayan Languages

Judith Aissen, Nora C. England, Roberto Zavala Maldonado
Routledge, 2017 M05 12 - 778 páginas

The Mayan Languages presents a comprehensive survey of the language family associated with the Classic Mayan civilization (AD 200–900), a family whose individual languages are still spoken today by at least six million indigenous Maya in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.

This unique resource is an ideal reference for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Mayan languages and linguistics. Written by a team of experts in the field, The Mayan Languages presents in-depth accounts of the linguistic features that characterize the thirty-one languages of the family, their historical evolution, and the social context in which they are spoken.

The Mayan Languages:

  • provides detailed grammatical sketches of approximately a third of the Mayan languages, representing most of the branches of the family;
  • includes a section on the historical development of the family, as well as an entirely new sketch of the grammar of "Classic Maya" as represented in the hieroglyphic script;
  • provides detailed state-of-the-art discussions of the principal advances in grammatical analysis of Mayan languages;
  • includes ample discussion of the use of the languages in social, conversational, and poetic contexts.

Consisting of topical chapters on the history, sociolinguistics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, discourse structure, and acquisition of the Mayan languages, this book will be a resource for researchers and other readers with an interest in historical linguistics, linguistic anthropology, language acquisition, and linguistic typology.


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Introduction Judith Aissen Nora C England and Roberto
Mayan language acquisition Clifton Pye Barbara Pfeiler
Mayan history and comparison Lyle Campbell
Aspects of the lexicon of protoMayan and its earliest
Language contacts within Mayan Danny
An overview of language in ancient
Phonology and phonetics Nora C England and Brandon
Morphology Gilles Polian
Pluractionality in Mayan Robert Henderson
Language in context
The sociolinguistics of Mayan languages Sergio Romero
Mayan conversation and interaction John B Haviland
Poetics Rusty Barrett
Grammar sketches
Kiche Telma A Can Pixabaj
Mam Nora C England

Alignment patterns Roberto Zavala Maldonado
Complement clauses Judith Aissen
Information structure in Mayan Judith Aissen
Organization of space Jürgen Bohnemeyer
Focus interrogation and indefinites Scott AnderBois
Qanjobal Eladio Mateo Toledo
Tojolabal Alejandro Curiel Ramírez del Prado
Tseltal and Tsotsil Gilles Polian
Chol Jessica Coon
Comparative Maya Yucatec Lacandon Itzaj and Mopan Maya Charles Andrew Hofling

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Judith Aissen is Professor Emeritus of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Nora C. England is Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also Director of the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America at the University of Texas at Austin.

Roberto Zavala Maldonado is Researcher and Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico. He was also Joint-Director of the Project for the Documentation of Languages of Meso-America.

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