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EL ESTATUS DEL NÁHUATL COMO LENGUA MINORITARIA
THE STATUS OF NÁHUATL AS A MINORITY LANGUAGE

Author(s): Margita Petrović
Subject(s): Comparative Linguistics
Published by: Филолошки факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: Nahuatl; standardization; linguistic displacement; loan words; convergence; compound code alternation

Summary/Abstract: This paper offers a reflection on the linguistic and sociolinguistic status of Nahuatl, a language with the highest number of speakers among Indo-Mexican languages. Controversial issues about Nahuatl unity/diversity, pertinence of standardization and literacy are discussed here. In the last part, the effects of linguistic contact are analyzed and it is demonstrated that in spite of its 1.5 million speakers, it is a language in danger due to the ongoing displacement.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 43-62
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: Spanish