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An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl by Michel Launey (review)

An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl by Michel Launey (review) 2012 BOOK REVIEWS 407 References Bernstein, Basil B. 1971 Class, Codes and Control. Vol. 1: Theoretical Studies towards a Sociology of Language. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Labov, William 1973 Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl. MICHEL LAUNEY. Translated and adapted by CHRISTOPHER MACKAY. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Pp. xx + 453. $90.00 (cloth), $39.99 (paper). Reviewed by Michael McCafferty, Indiana University The book reviewed here is an English version of the first volume of Michel Launey’s Introduction à langue et à la littérature aztèques (L’Harmattan, Paris, 1979), a grammar of the literary language of the Aztecs. It is deftly translated by Christopher MacKay, who was also an adapter and a contributor, adding inflectional patterns, verb paradigms, and vocabulary lists. The strength of An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl is that it presents grammatical points with clarity and lays out the exotic nature of Nahuatl grammar in a comprehensible way. It has good exercises with an answer key and covers a vast array of grammatical topics. Still, as one delves more deeply into the book, what emerges is, in some respects, an outdated grammar http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl by Michel Launey (review)

Anthropological Linguistics , Volume 54 (4) – Sep 11, 2013

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2012 BOOK REVIEWS 407 References Bernstein, Basil B. 1971 Class, Codes and Control. Vol. 1: Theoretical Studies towards a Sociology of Language. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul. Labov, William 1973 Language in the Inner City: Studies in the Black English Vernacular. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl. MICHEL LAUNEY. Translated and adapted by CHRISTOPHER MACKAY. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. Pp. xx + 453. $90.00 (cloth), $39.99 (paper). Reviewed by Michael McCafferty, Indiana University The book reviewed here is an English version of the first volume of Michel Launey’s Introduction à langue et à la littérature aztèques (L’Harmattan, Paris, 1979), a grammar of the literary language of the Aztecs. It is deftly translated by Christopher MacKay, who was also an adapter and a contributor, adding inflectional patterns, verb paradigms, and vocabulary lists. The strength of An Introduction to Classical Nahuatl is that it presents grammatical points with clarity and lays out the exotic nature of Nahuatl grammar in a comprehensible way. It has good exercises with an answer key and covers a vast array of grammatical topics. Still, as one delves more deeply into the book, what emerges is, in some respects, an outdated grammar

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Anthropological LinguisticsUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Sep 11, 2013

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