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Description - Nahuatl as Written by James Lockhart

Nahuatl was the primary native language of central Mexico both before and after the Spanish conquest. It is the Latin of the indigenous languages of the New World. Its tradition of alphabetic writing goes back to the middle years of the sixteenth century and embraces not only grammars, dictionaries, collections of preconquest lore, and works of religious instruction, but also, above all, a great mass of mundane writing by the Nahuas themselves for their own purposes. Though the past quarter century has seen a flourishing of ethnohistorical, philological, and grammatical studies based on this corpus, those interested in the world of Nahuatl texts still find access to it difficult. James Lockhart, an eminent historian of early Latin America, is also perhaps the leading interpreter of this large body of work. He has translated and edited a wide range of texts, analyzed their cultural and linguistic implications, and over the years trained a large number of students, several of whom have gone on to become well known scholars of Nahuatl and other indigenous languages.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780804744584
ISBN-10: 0804744580
Format: Paperback
(279mm x 216mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Stanford University Press
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - James Lockhart

James Lockhart is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. Among his many books are The Nahuas After the Conquest: A Social and Cultural History of the Indians of Central Mexico, Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries (Stanford, 1992) and Of Things of the Indies: Essays Old and New in Early Latin American History (Stanford, 1999)