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The Ch′orti′ Maya AreaPast and Present$
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Brent Metz, Cameron L. McNeil, and Kerry M. Hull

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033310

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033310.001.0001

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The Linguistic Affiliation of Classic Lowland Mayan Writing and the Historical Sociolinguistic Geography of the Mayan Lowlands

The Linguistic Affiliation of Classic Lowland Mayan Writing and the Historical Sociolinguistic Geography of the Mayan Lowlands

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The Ch′orti′ Maya Area
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David Mora-Marín

Nicholas Hopkins

Kathryn Josserand

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033310.003.0002

This chapter examines the historical sociolinguistic geography of the Mayan lowlands and the linguistic affiliation of the classic lowland Mayan writing. It proposes a framework for research on the standard and vernacular languages represented in ancient Mayan texts with the objective of analyzing several linguistic models and proposals and formulating some directions for future research. The findings reveal that pre-Ch'olan language speakers standardized much of the script by the end of the Early Classic period and the pre-Ch'olan-to-Proto-Ch'olan transition took place circa A.D. 500–650.

Keywords:   Mayan lowlands, Mayan writing, sociolinguistic geography, linguistic affiliation, Ch'olan language

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