Questions tagged [nahuatl]

Nahuatl was the language of the Aztecs and several varieties of Nahuatl are still spoken today by around 1.75 million people, mainly in central Mexico, with around two thirds of speakers living in the states of Puebla, Veracruz and Hidalgo.

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Help in translating Classical Nahuatl

I was solving this puzzle here. Problem : In many languages of the world, whole sentences can be expressed with a single word. This is true in Classical Nahuatl, the language of the Aztec Empire that ...
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What does the Na mean in Nahuatl [closed]

Wondering what the etymology of this word is, can't find it anywhere. I am looking for the full etymology of the word Nahuatl, but specifically just the Na part.
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What can we say about Classical Nahuatl <z>?

Nahuatl has two sibilant fricatives, now pronounced something like [s] and [ʃ]. The standard orthography was developed by Spanish colonizers, who wrote /ʃ/ as x, and /s/ as c before a front vowel, z ...
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Why we use altepetl in Nahuatl, not atepetl?

In the Nahuatl language, the word "altepetl", which means a city-state, comes from the combination of "atl" and "tepetl". But according to the word combination rule in the Nahuatl grammar, the suffix -...
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How does optimality theory handle opacity?

Optimality theory is a theory of phonology that drops Chomskyan replacement rules in favor of a set of ranked constraints. It can lead to much more elegant analyses in some cases. However, I don't ...