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  •  I've tried to account for the (4+ / 0-)

    multitude of Mayan dialects in Guatemala ...and just where they came from and when the Mayans first arrived there...and how they got there.     I don't ascribe to some of the ideas I've read about it.  

    Hope you can do something on this someday.

    Thanks for your wonderful diaries.

    "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

    by leema on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 09:53:59 PM PST

    •  Maya (7+ / 0-)

      They are on the "to do" list. I'll probably try to do a couple of diaries on this.

    •  Why's that? (4+ / 0-)
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      The Maya languages are pretty well studied, and there's been a fair bit of work on reconstructing what a "Proto Mayan" language might have been like.

      Best guess is that the main branches of that language family had split off from each other around the time that various Maya groups were first building larger settlements (~1000BCE), and before any of the great cities were founded (such as El Mirador around 600BCE).  The Ch'olan languages and the Yucatekan languages -- the original classical language and the language of the 4 surviving Maya books that come down to us -- seem to have split into distinct language groups well before that.

      So there was a fair bit of time depth for the languages to diverge from one another.

      You can't govern if you can't tell the country where you are taking it. The plot of Obama's presidency has been harder to follow than "Inception." -- F. Rich

      by mbayrob on Wed Mar 02, 2011 at 12:41:39 AM PST

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      •  I know someone from Guatemala who (1+ / 0-)
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        speaks Achi and says he cannot understand the other Mayan languages....and yet they seem geographically so close to each other...

        "I think it is much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers that might be wrong." Richard Feynman

        by leema on Sat Mar 05, 2011 at 07:54:49 PM PST

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