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Interpreting Maya hieroglyphics students FIRST started to resolve the traditional Maya "script" through the Eighties, dependent totally on phonetic decipherment of person symptoms on the subject of recorded languages. yet to maneuver past basic interpretation to a deeper, grammatical figuring out required the appliance of ancient linguistic strategies. From the past due Nineteen Nineties to the current, the knowledge of the phonology and grammar of Maya inscriptions has passed through yet another revolution. The Linguistics of Maya Writing catches that "second nice wave in Maya epigraphy, " bringing jointly the paintings of a few of the main famous students within the box and maybe delivering the root for the following new release of breakthroughs in Maya hieroglyphic decipherment.

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However, if the chak-like second glyph in this collocation is really te, as Grube (1992) suggests, the stem itself is Ch’olan and not Yukatekan, or perhaps Yukatekan before the sound change from /ty/ to /ch/. The corresponding Yukatek root is chek’. Another alternative is to judge the sign to be syllabically bivalent, a much less favorable alternative and one that opens the the floodgates for positing bivalency wherever one’s preconceived expectations are not met. 23. [Added:] Although not directly relevant to the matter at hand, I would translate this passage slightly differently today.

1a between them. 2d: an ta witz chak, ‘[On this day] Chak was on the mountain’. 2e is ta ha’al, ‘in the rain’. 2g the first two are ta chan chak, that is ‘[On this day] Chak [was] in the sky’. ), 35a T’ol 1; Almanac 59 on pages 34b T’ol 6 and 35b T’ol 8; Almanac 56 on page 40a T’ol 3; and Almanac 57 on page 43a T’ol 3. Ti In other texts, the preposition ti plays the same role. 3. The themes of the passages in which ti appears as the preposition are quite similar to those in which ta appears. 3a, the first three glyphs read an ti yax te’ chak which can be translated as ‘(On this day) Chak was in the ceiba tree’.

27. [Added:] Instead of hypothesizing under-writing as the reason for the lack of the ja sign on the first collocation in the last T’ol in Almanac 23, the scribe could have very well written everything called for. If tzen is joined to pak’ and the phrase is nominalized and possessed by God M, it could be considered a copulaless-stative clause and translated as ‘it is the seed-planting of God M’. However, this sentence could then be interpreted as either Yukatekan or Ch’olan. 45 RO B E RT F. 5. ] -i -ay -CC: -ay [uncommon] -i -an ============== [uncommon] -i K&N: -Vi -ai —————————————————————————————————————————————— Derived [K&N] i -i [foll.

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