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The Mayan Languages

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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.

The Mayan Languages

Author : John Dienhart
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New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics

Author : Heriberto Avelino
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New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics is a collection of papers synthesizing the research on Mayan languages at the beginning of the 21st century. One of the most prominent features of the articles included in this book is the balance between the use of the most recent linguistic theories and the empirical data from which analyses are drawn. A definitive characteristic of the book is that all of the papers provide rich and new descriptive material gathered in the field by their respective authors. The findings reported in this book have implications for a deeper understanding not only of particular aspects of the individual grammars of the Mayan family, but might have consequences for linguistic theory as well as for typological and universal generalizations. The volume brings together linguists of diverse areas of specialization phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, epigraphy, lexicography and anthropological linguistics to discuss recent analyses and data from a variety of Mayan languages. For its broad scope summarizing the recent methodologies, theoretical models and findings of research in Mayan languages, the volume is of particular interest to the academic community at large, including researchers, teachers and students alike.

The classification of the Mayan languages

Author : Norman A. McQuown
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Pronominal Inflection in the Mayan Languages

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Indigenous Languages of Central America

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 70. Chapters: Achi' language, Akatek language, Awakatek language, Cabecar language, Chibchan languages, Choco languages, Chuj language, Ch'orti' language, Classical K'iche' language, Embera language, Garifuna language, Ixil language, Jakaltek language, Kaqchikel language, K'iche' language, Lacandon language, Lencan languages, Mam language, Mayan languages, Mesoamerican languages, Miskito grammar, Miskito language, Miskito language (typological overview), Misumalpan languages, Mopan Maya language, Pipil grammar, Pipil language, Pipil language (typological overview), Poqomam language, Sakapultek language, Sipakapa language, Talamanca languages, Tektitek language, Toquegua, Tz'utujil language, Uspantek language, Votic languages, Wounaan language, Xincan languages, Yucatec Maya language. Excerpt: The Mayan languages form a language family spoken in Mesoamerica and northern Central America. Mayan languages are spoken by at least 6 million indigenous Maya, primarily in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize and Honduras. In 1996, Guatemala formally recognized 21 Mayan languages by name, and Mexico recognizes eight more. The Mayan language family is one of the best documented and most studied in the Americas. Modern Mayan languages descend from Proto-Mayan, a language thought to have been spoken at least 5,000 years ago; it has been partially reconstructed using the comparative method. Mayan languages form part of the Mesoamerican Linguistic Area, an area of linguistic convergence developed throughout millennia of interaction between the peoples of Mesoamerica. All Mayan languages display the basic diagnostic traits of this linguistic area. For example, all use relational nouns instead of prepositions to indicate spatial relationships. They also possess grammatical and typological features that set them apart from other languages of...

Mayan Languages and the Mayan Movement in Guatemala

Author : Ajb'ee Odilio Jiménez Sánchez
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The Mayan Languages A L

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A Grammar of Mam A Mayan Language

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This is the first full-length reference grammar of Mam, a Mayan language spoken today by over 400,000 people in the western highlands of Guatemala and the state of Chiapas, Mexico. The result of over three years of extensive fieldwork in Guatemala, A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language is based on the dialect of Mam spoken by 12,000 people in San Ildefonso Ixtahuacan in the department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. England organizes A Grammar of Mam according to two complementary principles: to analyze Mam following basically traditional levels of grammatical description and to present material in such a way that the background information necessary for understanding each topic of discussion shall have been previously provided. Accordingly, England's analysis of the sound system and morphophonemic processes of Mam is followed by a description of the characteristics of root, inflectional, and derivational morphology. Chapters on phrase structure precede two chapters on sentence-level syntax. A Grammar of Mam is of particular interest in analyzing a Mayan language that is both syntactically and morphologically ergative and that is innovative in the direction of strengthening the ergative system. Indeed at all levels of linguistic organization Mam is innovative, and for this reason it is uniquely interesting both historically and theoretically.

Meaning in Mayan Languages

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Developmental Trends; Development in Typical Child; Conclusion; References; VII. Cultural Significance and Lexical Retention in Tzeltal-Tzotzil Ethnobotany; Introduction; The Comparative Inventory; Analytic Categories; Cognate Sets of Tzeltal-Tzotzil Plant Names; Cultural Significance and Lexical Retention; References; VIII. Compound Place Names in Chuj and other Mayan Languages; Introduction; Sources and Identification of Chuj Place Names; The Nature of Chuj Geographical Nomenclature; Compound Chuj Place Names; Comparative Data on Compound Mayan Place Names; References.

The Foreign Impact on Lowland Mayan Language and Script

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Manuscript Dictionary of English and One of the Mayan Languages

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The Mayan Languages

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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.

The Mayan Languages Introduction word lists references

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The Language of Maya Hieroglyphs

Author : Martha J. Macri
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A Comparison of Four Mayan Languages

Author : Sandra Chigüela
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A Complete and Thorough Linguistic Analysis of four Mayan Languages (Tz'utujil, K'iche', Ch'ol & Yucatec). The Vocabulary of these four Mayan Languages is compared with that of Classical Maya, while all four are compared to one another in order to create a Complete Synopsis of their Linguistic Similarities and Differences.

Mayan Languages Education and Technology

Author : Hector de Jesus Palala Martinez
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The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe and analyze how Mayan language instructors in the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala use technology in their classrooms. In this research, indigenous professors shared their experiences as Kaqchikel and K'iche' language instructors at the higher education level. A narrative qualitative case study was applied to discover the practices and insights of two Kaqchikel Mayan language instructor and one K'iche' Mayan language instructor by addressing the following questions: (1) How do the professors use technology while teaching IDI3 Mayan Language in the Faculty of Humanities at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala? (2) In what ways do indigenous language speaker professors describe their experience of teaching their language and culture to Spanish language speaking at the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala? (3) In what ways do students engage with the use of technology for the purpose of acquiring language skills in the Mayan language as a third language? The findings showed that teachers know how to use technology and why they don't use it in the classroom. These findings reveal Mayan instructors' experiences and remembrances of teaching Mayan language and culture to undergrad students who are mostly Spanish speakers. Furthermore, the participants agreed on how students' engagement increased by combining a variety of class activities and technological tools to learn the language. These results suggest that there would be value in the creation of a variety of workshops of how to use technology in the classroom. This may be possible by providing different professional growth opportunities.

The Mayan Languages M Z Pronouns and numerals

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The Modern Mayan Languages of Guatemala

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La tz aw ch

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Kaqchikel is one of approximately thirty Mayan languages spoken in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, and, increasingly, the United States. Of the twenty-two Mayan languages spoken in Guatemala, Kaqchikel is one of the four "mayoritarios," those with the largest number of speakers. About half a million people living in the central highlands between Guatemala City and Lake Atitlán speak Kaqchikel. And because native Kaqchikel speakers are prominent in the field of Mayan linguistics, as well as in Mayan cultural activism generally, Kaqchikel has been adopted as a Mayan lingua franca in some circles. This innovative language-learning guide is designed to help students, scholars, and professionals in many fields who work with Kaqchikel speakers, in both Guatemala and the United States, quickly develop basic communication skills. The book will familiarize learners with the words, phrases, and structures used in daily communications, presented in as natural a way as possible, and in a logical sequence. Six chapters introduce the language in context (greetings, the classroom, people, the family, food, and life) followed by exercises and short essays on aspects of Kaqchikel life. A grammar summary provides in-depth linguistic analysis of Kaqchikel, and a glossary supports vocabulary learning from both Kaqchikel to English and English to Kaqchikel. These resources, along with sound files and other media on the Internet at ekaq.stonecenter.tulane.edu, will allow learners to develop proficiency in all five major language skills—listening comprehension, speaking, reading, writing, and sociocultural understanding.