Birth of a Language

@article{Hanks2012BirthOA,
  title={Birth of a Language},
  author={William F. Hanks},
  journal={Journal of Anthropological Research},
  year={2012},
  volume={68},
  pages={449 - 471}
}
  • W. Hanks
  • Published 1 December 2012
  • History
  • Journal of Anthropological Research
This paper outlines the establishment of Catholic missions among the Maya in colonial Yucatan, Mexico. A central element in the broader project of reducción (re-ordering, subjugation, missionization) was conducted in the Maya language, which was also the language of governance and the Indian towns. As a result, the colonial period marks the emergence of a new variety of Maya language, born of translation, appropriated by Maya speakers, and ultimately (and ironically) used as an instrument of… Expand
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