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The Linguistics of Maya Writing
Edited by Søren Wichmann
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.
Mark B. Child
Zachary X. Hruby
David F. Mora-Marín
Robert F. Wald
Table of Contents:
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
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."
"This volume is essential for anyone wanting to understand recent advances and current controversies in Maya epigraphy."
—International Journal of American Linguistics