A Linguistic Look at the Olmecs

@article{Campbell1976ALL,
  title={A Linguistic Look at the Olmecs},
  author={Lyle Campbell and Terrence S. Kaufman},
  journal={American Antiquity},
  year={1976},
  volume={41},
  pages={80 - 89}
}
This paper explores the hypothesis that the archaeological Olmecs, at least in part, were speakers of Mixe-Zoquean languages. The hypothesis is supported by not only geographical and temporal correlation, but by Mixe-Zoquean loan words in other Mesoamerican languages, many of which refer to things diagnostic of the Mesoamerican culture area. Also the cultural inventory revealed in Proto-Mixe-Zoquean vocabulary provides additional support. 
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