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Title: The Lost Notebooks of Robert Burkitt, Maya Linguist
Subtitle: A Record of Languages of Ancient Guatemala
Edited By: John M. Weeks
Elin C. Danien
URL: http://www.mellenpress.com/mellenpress.cfm?bookid=7469&pc=9
Description:

This work makes accessible rare, collected linguistic data from the
late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries. The study presents the
earliest reliable records of a number of Mayan languages, as opposed to
previous materials written primarily by colonial sources.

Reviews

“Truly, with this publication an early Maya linguistic star is brought to
light!” – Prof. Robert M. Carmack, State University of New York at
Albany

“. . . these notebooks are a monument to an intellect rarely matched, to an
inquiring mind of an unusual sort, to a person who was able to operate
essentially autonomously in a field work context that was hardly conducive
to intellectual pursuits.” – Dr. Nicholas A. Hopkins

“. . . for several of these languages, although published materials exist
from the end of the twentieth century, there is little or no data available
on them from Burkitt’s time.” – Prof. Martha J. Macri, University of
California, Davis

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Sociolinguistics
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Ixil
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0773450556
ISBN-13: 9780773450554
Pages: 680
Prices: U.K. £ 89.95
U.S. $ 149.95