Most Maya Glyphs Are Written in Ch′olti′an

Danny Law, John Robertson, Stephen Houston and Robbie Haertel

in The Ch′orti′ Maya Area

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033310
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039527 | DOI:
Most Maya Glyphs Are Written in Ch′olti′an

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This chapter examines the relation of Maya glyphs or scripts to Ch'olti'an language. It suggests that the language of Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions can be placed in the Ch'olti'an branch of the Ch'olan Mayan language family, and at a stage following Pre-Classic Ch'olti' but preceding Colonial Ch'olti'. It explains the method used to determine the proper linguistic affiliation of the Maya hieroglyphic texts, which includes meticulous analysis of the history of the evolution of both forms and functions of several Mayan languages.

Keywords: Maya glyphs; Ch'olti'an language; hieroglyphic inscriptions; Ch'olan Mayan language; Pre-Classic Ch'olti'; Colonial Ch'olti'; linguistic affiliation

Chapter.  3455 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Prehistoric Archaeology

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