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An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl



An invaluable reference work for scholars of Nahuatl and other linguists, anthropologists, archeologists, art historians, folklorists, historians, and all whose work requires an extensive and accurate understanding of Nahuatl--the language of the Aztecs and of close to a million people in Mexico today.

"Frances Karttunen's An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl has three principal merits.

"First, the author takes advantage of such previously unused sources as the Bancroft Library manuscript and the collection of phonologically annotated words published by Carochi in his Arte de la lengua mexicana. This same attention to phonology also takes into account the modern Nahuatl vocabularies of Tetelcingo and Zacapoaxtla.

"Second, the use of these sources has made it possible for Karttunen to indicate both vowel lengths and all explosive glottal stops, making this the first dictionary incorporating knowledge of Nahuatl phonology with its lexical coverage.

"Its third merit is the inclusion of much additional information with each of the Dictionary's entries: each term's canonical morphological form, more complete grammatical data, translations with glosses in both English and Spanish, references to sources, final commentaries, and cross-references.

"Frances Karttunen has contributed a new and very valuable working tool for all who are dedicated to the study of Nahuatl language and culture."

Miguel León-Portilla, Instituto de Investigaciones Históricas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México