An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 11, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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.
 

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Contents

Phonetics and Writing
3
Intransitive VerbsWord OrderAbsolutive Suffix
12
Nouns and Nominal Predicates the Plural of Nouns
18
Transitive Verbs
26
Emphatic Interrogative Demonstrative
35
Irregular Verbs Introduction to Locatives
43
Directionaland Reflexive Prefixes
51
Quantifiers Zan Ye Oc
59
Bitransitive Verbs Ambitransitive Verbs
178
Applicative Verbs
202
Pluperfect Counterfactual Vetitive
222
Morphological Peculiarities of Certain
232
More on Locatives
240
More onQuantifiers
253
Compound Verbs
274
Reduplication outside
285

Preterite Tense
69
ImperativeOptativeVocative Future Imperfect
78
PossessedForms of the Noun
87
Inherent Possession the Suffix yoToHave
96
NominalSuffixesAdjectives
106
CoordinationPhrases ofTime andManner
127
Impersonal and Passive Verb Forms
139
Review Exercises for Part One
151
Agent Nouns the ni Form
159
Compound Nouns VerbalIncorporation
168
Derivative Nouns
306
Noun Clauses
317
Comparisons Clauses of Result
340
Temporal Clauses Particles
365
Traditional Orthography
379
Key to the Exercises
404
NahuatltoEnglish Vocabulary
429
Index
445
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About the author (2011)

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).