The Foreign Impact on Lowland Maya Language and Script

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Author: Justeson, John J, William M Norman, Lyle Campbell and Terrance Kaufman

Year: 1985

Publisher: Tulane University Press

Place: New Orleans


vii+97 pages with 17 tables, 9 diagrams and index. Quarto (10 1/4" x 8") issued in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and front cover. Middle American Research Institute Publication 53. First edition.

The purpose of this monograph is to identify evidence for the impact of foreign groups on the spoken and written languages of the Lowland Maya and to determine what this evidence indicates about social interaction between the ancient Lowland Maya and foreign peoples. In assessing the foreign linguistic impact on the Lowland Maya, the authors consider the linguistic identities of the cultural groups involved, define the Lowland Mayan language area, and review the present evidence for diffusion of foreign features into Lowland Mayan languages and writing. While interpreting the nature of the cultural contacts that occasioned this diffusion, they tried to clarify the potential contributions of comparative eipigraphy and comparative linguistics to the study of Mesoamerica's prehistory.


A near fine copy issued without jacket.

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