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Wed Aug 10 2011

Books: Anthropological Ling/Historical Ling/Semantics/Syntax: Launey

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        1.     Joyce Reid , An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl: Launey

Message 1: An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl: Launey
Date: 09-Aug-2011
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcambridge.org>
Subject: An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl: Launey
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Title: An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl
Published: 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Michel Launey
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521518406 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 90.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521518406 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 60.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521732291 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521732291 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 39.99
Abstract:

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.

Preliminary lesson: phonology and orthography

1. Intransitive verbs, word order, absolutive suffix
2. Nouns and nominal predicates, the plural of nouns, questions and negation
3. Transitive verbs
4. Emphatic, interrogative, demonstrative and negative pronouns
5. Irregular verbs, introduction to locatives
6. Directional and reflexive prefixes
7. Quantifiers, zan, ye, oc
8. Preterite tense
9. Imperative/optative, vocative, future, imperfect
10. Possessed forms of the noun
11. Inherent possession, the suffix -yō, 'to have', possessive nouns
12. Nominal suffixes, 'adjectives'
13. The principal locative suffixes
14. Coordination, phrases of time and manner
15. Impersonal and passive verb forms; Review exercises
16. Agent nouns, the -ni form
17. Compound nouns, verbal incorporation
18. Bitransitive verbs, ambitransitive verbs
19. Causative verbs
20. Applicative verbs
21. Honorific and deprecatory verbs
22. Pluperfect, counterfactual, vetitive, directional conjugations
23. Morphological peculiarities of certain nouns and verbs
24. More on locatives
25. More on quantifiers
26. Details about number and person, indefinite pronouns and adverbs
27. Compound verbs
28. Reduplication outside of the plural, more on verbs
29. Derivative verbs
30. Derivative nouns
31. Noun clauses
32. Attributives, relative clauses, predicative verbs, predicative
constructions, semi-auxiliaries
33. Comparisons, clauses of result, purpose and cause
34. Conditions, more particles
35. Temporal clauses, particles, interjections

Appendix 1. Traditional orthography
Appendix 2. The Aztec calendar
Appendix 3. Paradigms
Appendix 4. Key to the exercises; Reading passages; Vocabulary.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): Nahuatl, Classical (nci)

Written In: English (eng )

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