Mayan Historical Linguistics and Epigraphy: A New Synthesis

  title={Mayan Historical Linguistics and Epigraphy: A New Synthesis},
  author={S{\o}ren Wichmann},
  journal={Annual Review of Anthropology},
  • S. Wichmann
  • Published 19 September 2006
  • Linguistics
  • Annual Review of Anthropology
Recent years have seen rapid advancement in our understanding of the phonology and grammar of Classic Ch'olan and the distribution of Lowland Mayan languages in the Classic period. The control over the data has advanced to such an extent that Classic Ch'olan should no longer be considered chiefly a product of reconstruction, but rather a language in its own right, providing fresh input to historical reconstruction. The interpretation of writing system principles has moved into the forefront of… 

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