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Tuesday, May 25, 2021


Aztec and Mayan are totally different languages. Sort of.

Ancient Mexico was a hotbed of language mixing. Aztecs and Maya spoke completely unrelated languages, but a Mesoamerican linguistic mindmeld tied them together in surprising ways. Here's the grammar. Subscribe for language: Follow my progress or become a patron: My last video looked at the role of Aztec (Nahuatl) and Maya (Chontal) in the conquest of Mexico. This time, we learn the grammar of these languages. I'll start with the things that stood out to me about Chontal Maya and Classical Aztec pronunciation, nouns, verbs, prepositions, alignment and basic sentence structure. Stick with me through that, and you'll earn a reward big enough to satisfy the grammatical cravings of almost any language nerd. After you understand their differences, step back to see their strange sameness. Mesoamerica is a Sprachbund, an area where languages shared the same space for so long that they ended up developing many of the same features. Not just basic things like borrowing the word for "chocolate", I'm talking entire linguistic structures here. I'll consider a few of these features and close with what I find so intriguing about this language area. This is a bit of a change from recent videos. Let's see if you enjoy digging into more of the grammar behind my linguistic tales. ~ CREDITS ~ Voice, art and animation by Josh from NativLang. Some of the music, too (outro, piano, and a couple softsynth instrumentals). Music by Kevin MacLeod ( The Show Must Be Go, Path of the Goblin King v2, Big Mojo, Our Story Begins, Arid Foothills Sneaky Snooper by Jason Shaw ( Sources for claims and credits for images, fonts, sfx:

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