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.
Table of Contents
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
Chapter 4: Aspects of the Lexicon of proto-Mayan and its Earliest Descendants
Chapter 5: Language Contacts with(in) Mayan
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
Chapter 9: Alignment Patterns
Roberto Zavala Maldonado
Chapter 10: Complement Clauses
Chapter 11: Information Structure in Mayan
Part 3: Semantics
Chapter 12: Organization of Space
Chapter 13: Focus, Interrogation, and Indefinites
Chapter 14: Pluractionality in Mayan
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
Part 5: Grammar Sketches
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.