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By William F. Hanks

This pathbreaking synthesis of background, anthropology, and linguistics offers an remarkable view of the 1st 2 hundred years of the Spanish colonization of the Yucatec Maya. Drawing on a rare diversity and intensity of assets, William F. Hanks files for the 1st time the the most important position performed via language in cultural conquest: how colonial Mayan emerged within the age of the move, the way it used to be taken up by way of local writers to develop into the language of indigenous literature, and the way it eventually turned the language of uprising opposed to the process 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 specific, this crucial paintings offers a brand new method of the learn of spiritual and cultural conversion that might remove darkness from the historical past of Latin the US and past, and should be crucial examining throughout disciplinary boundaries.

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