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Summer research on indigenous Mayan language

BrodyThis past summer, Dr. Jill Brody conducted research and wrote a paper comparing the language of three generations of speakers of Tojol-ab’al, an indigenous Mayan language of Chiapas, Mexico.  It was determined that the older two generations were almost identical in their use of language, but the younger generation used about 25% Spanish words in their speech.  However, the discourse structure, as indicated by the use of discourse markers, remained the same, even for the youngest speakers.  The below picture was sent to Dr. Brody by the first Tojol-ab’al anthropologist, Antonio Gómez Hernández.  The picture was taken in Las Margaritas, Chiapas, Mexico on the day of the festival of Santa Margarita, the patron saint of the municipality.

 

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