Nahuatl As Written Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts

ISBN-10: 0804744580

ISBN-13: 9780804744584

Edition: 2001

Authors: James Lockhart

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Nahuatl was the primary native language of central Mexico before and after the Spanish conquest. The author has written a book which emphasises active study of the language and contains an abundance of examples that serve as exercises.
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List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

John Bierhorst's many books on Latin American folklore & mythology include "The Mythology of South America", "The Mythology of Norther America" & "The Mythology of Mexico & Central America". A specialist in the language & literature of the Aztecs, he is the author of a Nahuatal-English dictionary & the translator of Cantares Mexicanos. He served as editorial advisor for the Smithsonian Series of Studies in Native American Literature; editorial associate for The Norton Anthology of World Masterpieces; & editorial consultant for the Encyclopedia of North American Indians. He lives in West Shokan, New York.

Nouns, Pronouns, and Subject Prefixes
The subject prefixes and the nature of the noun
The possessive prefixes of nouns
Independent pronouns
Combining nouns
The reverential of nouns
Dictionary work
Additional examples
Introduction to Verbs and Practical Syntax
Object prefixes
Reflexive prefixes
A bit of syntax
Additional examples
More on the Verbal Complex
The directional prefixes
The applicative
The causative
The reverential of verbs
Texts and examples
Relational Words
General discussion (using -pan)
Specific relational words
Indefinite Prefixes and Deverbal Nouns
Indefinite object prefixes
Indefinite possessive prefixes
Nouns in -liz and -l
An illustrative text
Some Other Verb Tenses
The preterit
The future
Yet More on Verbs
Auxiliary verbs
The optative
An illustrative text
Practical Matters
A testament
The numbers
Mainly on Nouns
Nominal plurals
Agentive nouns
Direct plural objects of verbs together with the indirect
The Uses of In
The particle in with verbal clauses
The particle in with nouns
The demonstratives in and on
Even More on Verbs
The imperfect and the pluperfect
Irregular verbs
Texts and examples
Some Nominal Suffixes
The -yo abstractive, collective, and indicator of inalienable possession
The nominal suffixes meaning "possessor of."
Purposive Motion and Passive
The forms of purposive motion
Passives and impersonals
Locatives in -yan and -can
Text and examples
Word Order
The elements of standard order
Particles as guideposts
The role of in
Some Difficult Things
Verbs in -tia from nouns
Verbs in -ti from nouns
Nonactive Agentives
Distributive and other reduplication
Some Crucial Particles
Ic and Inic. Iuh. Oc and ye. Can. Huel
Particles in general
General orthography
Variations within standard orthography
Overbars and abbreviations
Variations over time
The principles of writing by Nahuas
Common deviances from standard orthography
Stage 3 changes
A selection from a text
Spanish Influence in Nahuatl Texts
The Stages
Orthography of Spanish loanwords
Stage 1 and 2 contact phenomena
Stage 3 phenomena
A selection from a Stage 3 text
Two Real Texts
Petition of Leonor Magdalena, 1613
Petition of don Geronimo Marquez, ca. 1610
A Stage 3 Text
Will of don Nicolas de Silva, San Francisco Centlalpan, 1736
The Dictionaries and How to Use Them
"P. 64"
Selections from Texts
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