790 Pages
    by Routledge

    790 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Chapter 1: Introduction

    Judith Aissen, Nora C. England, Roberto Zavala Maldonado

    Part 1: Language Development, History, and Change

    Chapter 2: Mayan Language Acquisition

    Clifton Pye, Barbara Pfeiler, Pedro Mateo Pedro

    Chapter 3: Mayan History and Comparison

    Lyle Campbell

    Chapter 4: Aspects of the Lexicon of proto-Mayan and its Earliest Descendants

    Terrence Kaufman

    Chapter 5: Language Contacts with(in) Mayan

    Danny Law

    Chapter 6: Classic Mayan: An Overview of Language in Ancient Hieroglyphic Script

    Danny Law and David Stuart

    Part 2: Grammar

    Chapter 7: Phonology and Phonetics

    Nora C. England and Brandon O. Baird

    Chapter 8: Morphology

    Gilles Polian

    Chapter 9: Alignment Patterns

    Roberto Zavala Maldonado

    Chapter 10: Complement Clauses

    Judith Aissen

    Chapter 11: Information Structure in Mayan

    Judith Aissen

    Part 3: Semantics

    Chapter 12: Organization of Space

    Jürgen Bohnemeyer

    Chapter 13: Focus, Interrogation, and Indefinites

    Scott AnderBois

    Chapter 14: Pluractionality in Mayan

    Robert Henderson

    Part 4: Language in Context

    Chapter 15: The Labyrinth of Diversity: the Sociolinguistics of Mayan Languages Sergio Romero

    Chapter 16: Mayan Conversation and Interaction

    John B. Haviland

    Chapter 17: Poetics

    Rusty Barrett

    Part 5: Grammar Sketches

    Chapter 18:


    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.