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By William F. Hanks

This pathbreaking synthesis of background, anthropology, and linguistics provides an remarkable view of the 1st 2 hundred years of the Spanish colonization of the Yucatec Maya. Drawing on a unprecedented diversity and intensity of assets, William F. Hanks files for the 1st time the an important function performed via language in cultural conquest: how colonial Mayan emerged within the age of the pass, the way it used to be taken up by means of local writers to develop into the language of indigenous literature, and the way it eventually grew to become the language of uprising opposed to the approach that produced it. Converting phrases includes unique analyses of the linguistic practices of either missionaries and Mayas-as present in bilingual dictionaries, grammars, catechisms, land files, local chronicles, petitions, and the forbidden Maya Books of Chilam Balam. Lucidly written and vividly precise, this significant paintings offers a brand new method of the learn of spiritual and cultural conversion that might light up the heritage of Latin the USA and past, and should be crucial examining throughout disciplinary boundaries.

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