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Copyright: 2004
Trim: 7 x 10
Pages: 462 pp.
Illustrations: 160 illus.

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978-0-87480-769-1
$60.00
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The Linguistics of Maya Writing

Edited by Søren Wichmann

Linguistics

Scholars first began to unravel the ancient Maya "script" during the 1980s, based primarily on phonetic decipherment of individual signs with reference to recorded languages. But to move beyond simple interpretation to a deeper, grammatical understanding required the application of historical linguistic techniques. From the late 1990s to the present, the understanding of the phonology and grammar of Maya inscriptions has undergone a further revolution. The Linguistics of Maya Writing catches that "second great wave" in Maya epigraphy, bringing together the work of some of the most prominent scholars in the field and perhaps providing the foundation for the next generation of breakthroughs in Maya hieroglyphic decipherment.


Soren Wichmann is associate research professor of linguistics at the University of Copenhagen.


Contributors:

Mark B. Child
Nikolai Grube
Zachary X. Hruby
Stephen Houston
Alfonso Lacadena
Barbara MacLeod
David F. Mora-Marín
John Robertson
Mareike Sattler
David Stuart
Robert F. Wald
Søren Wichmann
Marc Zender


Table of Contents:

Introductory Chapter
1. The Linguistic Epigraphy of Mayan Writing: Recent Advances and Questions for Future Research ~ Søren Wichmann

Part 1. The Language Situation
2. Chontal Linguistic Influence in Ancient Maya Writing: Intransitive Positional Verbal Affixation ~ Zachary X. Hruby and Mark B. Child
3. The Languages of the Dresden Codex: Legacy of the Classic Maya ~ Robert F. Wald

Part II. Phonology
4. The Orthographic Distinction between Velar and Glottal Spirants in Maya Hieroglyphic Writing ~ Nikolai Grube
5. Disharmony in Maya Hieroglyphic Writing: Linguistic Change and Continuity in Classic Society ~ Stephen Houston, David Stuart, and John Robertson
6. On the Representation of the Glottal Stop in Maya Writing ~ Alfonso Lacadena and Søren Wichmann

Part III. Grammar
7. Passive Voice in Classic Mayan Texts: CV[h]C-ah and –n-ah Constructions ~ Alfonso Lacadena
8. On the Morphology of Intimate Possession in Mayan Languages and Classic Mayan Glyphic Nouns ~ Marc Zender
9. Telling Time in Classic-Ch’olan and Acalan-Chontal Narrative ~ Robert F. Wald
10. Tense and Aspect in Mayan Hieroglyphic Script ~ John Robertson, Stephen Houston, and David Stuart
11. A World in a Grain of Sand: 'Secondary Verbs' in the Classic Maya Script ~ Barbara MacLeod
12. The Grammar of the Half-Period Glyph ~ Søren Wichmann
13. The Preferred Argument Structure of Classic Lowland Mayan Texts ~ David F. Mora-Marín

Part IV. Language Materials
14. Ch’olti’: An Analysis of the Arte de la lengua Cholti by Fray Francisco Morán ~ Mareike Sattler

References
General Index
Index of Grammatical Morphemes in the Inscriptions ~ Søren Wichmann


Praise and Reviews:

"This important and ambitious collection of papers brings together a representative sample of positions and opinions in a currently contentious field."
Anthropological Linguistics

"This volume is essential for anyone wanting to understand recent advances and current controversies in Maya epigraphy."
International Journal of American Linguistics

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