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An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl

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  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521518406

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  • Now available to an English-speaking audience, this book is a comprehensive grammar of classical Nahuatl, the literary language of the Aztecs. It offers students of Nahuatl a complete and clear treatment of the language's structure, grammar and vocabulary. It is divided into 35 chapters, beginning with basic syntax and progressing gradually to more complex structures. Each grammatical concept is illustrated clearly with examples, exercises and passages for translation. A key is provided to allow students to check their answers. By far the most approachable textbook of Nahuatl available, this book will be an excellent teaching tool both for classroom use and for readers pursuing independent study of the language. It will be an invaluable resource to anthropologists, ethnographers, historians, archaeologists and linguists alike.

    • Useful as a handbook, as a reference grammar and as a self-teaching method
    • Cross-disciplinary appeal for anthropologists, ethnographers, historians, archaeologists and linguists
    • The grammatical perspective is dominant, but examples are mostly taken from the 'real' corpus of Nahuatl works from the Aztec period
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    'An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl is an excellent language-learning textbook. Launey has written many articles about classical Nahuatl … his expertise is evident in the details in each lesson. The textbook is very thorough in detailing classical Nahuatl grammar, and the examples and exercises are well-suited to reinforce concepts introduced in each lesson.' Dibella Wdzenczny, Linguist List

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521518406
    • length: 474 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 160 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.77kg
    • contains: 1465 exercises
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preliminary lesson: phonology and orthography
    1. Intransitive verbs, word order, absolutive suffix
    2. Nouns and nominal predicates, the plural of nouns, questions and negation
    3. Transitive verbs
    4. Emphatic, interrogative, demonstrative and negative pronouns
    5. Irregular verbs, introduction to locatives
    6. Directional and reflexive prefixes
    7. Quantifiers, zan, ye, oc
    8. Preterite tense
    9. Imperative/optative, vocative, future, imperfect
    10. Possessed forms of the noun
    11. Inherent possession, the suffix -yō, 'to have', possessive nouns
    12. Nominal suffixes, 'adjectives'
    13. The principal locative suffixes
    14. Coordination, phrases of time and manner
    15. Impersonal and passive verb forms
    Review exercises
    16. Agent nouns, the -ni form
    17. Compound nouns, verbal incorporation
    18. Bitransitive verbs, ambitransitive verbs
    19. Causative verbs
    20. Applicative verbs
    21. Honorific and deprecatory verbs
    22. Pluperfect, counterfactual, vetitive, directional conjugations
    23. Morphological peculiarities of certain nouns and verbs
    24. More on locatives
    25. More on quantifiers
    26. Details about number and person, indefinite pronouns and adverbs
    27. Compound verbs
    28. Reduplication outside of the plural, more on verbs
    29. Derivative verbs
    30. Derivative nouns
    31. Noun clauses
    32. Attributives, relative clauses, predicative verbs, predicative constructions, semi-auxiliaries
    33. Comparisons, clauses of result, purpose and cause
    34. Conditions, more particles
    35. Temporal clauses, particles, interjections
    Appendix 1. Traditional orthography
    Appendix 2. The Aztec calendar
    Appendix 3. Paradigms
    Appendix 4. Key to the exercises
    Reading passages

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Historical Linguistics
  • Author

    Michel Launey, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)
    Michel Launey, now retired, was a professor at the Université Denis Diderot, Paris and the Institut de Recherches pour le Développement, Cayenne. He was a visiting professor at the Universidad de Guadalajara, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Yale University, among others. His other books include Introduction à la langue et à la literature aztèques (the French edition of this book, published in 1979), Une grammaire omniprédicative (1994) and Awna Parikwaki: Introduction à la langue palikur de Guyane et de l'Amapa (2003).

    Editor and Translator

    Christopher Mackay, University of Alberta

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