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see NahuatlanNahuatlan
, group of languages of the Uto-Aztecan branch of the Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock of North and Central America. A Nahuatlan language of great historical importance is Nahuatl, or Aztec.
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; Native American languagesNative American languages,
languages of the native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and their descendants. A number of the Native American languages that were spoken at the time of the European arrival in the New World in the late 15th cent.
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the Indian name for a group of linguistically related tribes of the Uto-Aztecan group that lived in the territory of Mexico and some regions of Guatemala, Honduras, San Salvador, and Nicaragua before the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.

The Nahuatl had arrived from the north (from the southwestern regions of North America). Their migration had apparently taken place over the course of many centuries, beginning at about the turn of the Common Era. The Aztec were the last to enter the valley of Mexico (12th century). The Nahuatl were divided into two large subgroups: the Nahuat (the more ancient group), in Central America, and the Nahuatl (Tepanec, Acolhua, Chalca, Tlascaltec, Aztec) in Mexico. Some Nahuatl later lost their own languages and adopted Spanish; others merged into a single nationality speaking the Aztec language.

The conventional use of the term “Nahuatl” for the collective designation of the Indian tribes mentioned above and “Nahuatlan” for the designation of their language group has been adopted in modern scholarly literature.

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However, it does suggest that Francisca, a mulata living on an estancia in rural Oaxaca, was fluent in Nahuatl.
For example, Gregorio claimed, "We always spoke Nahuatl in the family and many people in the town spoke in Nahuatl.
Spanish and Nahuatl words and sentences are always italicized, serving as a visual reminder of the border which is the theme of the entire book.
Fray Bernardino de Sahagun's 16th-century Historia general de las cosas de Nueva Espana (The Florentine Codex), a manuscript consisting of 12 books in Nahuatl compiled from interviews with Aztec elders, describes the ritual in which children's ears were pierced.
Two copies of the original manuscript, in parallel Nahuatl and Spanish, were prepared by scribes.
Guadalupe is thus a good Nahuatl translation of the New Testament reality of the reign of God as revealed by Jesus.
Adnominal intensification in Tetelcingo Nahuatl is expressed using the combination [sie + pronoun] in juxtaposition to the NP (cf.
A work such as her Xochitl ("the rose piece" in the Nahuatl language), an exploration of beauty that turns poisonous, exemplifies a connection to nature that runs to Thevenot's roots.
Or you can try the pan nahuatl (sweet corn bread with chile poblano strips).
many languages--English, Spanish, and Mixteco, with some Nahuatl and
Whatever language they learn from those around them, whether it is English or Chinese or Nahuatl, by the age of about seven children have learnt it pretty well.
With 55% of the local population of 45,000 belonging to different indigenous groups dominated by the Nahuatl Indians, the town is built at 980 meters altitude and its local history is among Mexico's oldest with the neighboring towns of Tuzamapan and Ecatlan founded in year 381 and year 481 A.