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Translating Maya hieroglyphs

Author: Scott A J Johnson
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2013]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Maya hieroglyphic writing may seem impossibly opaque to beginning students, but scholar Scott A.J. Johnson presents it as a regular and comprehensible system in this engaging, easy-to-follow textbook. The only comprehensive introduction designed specifically for those new to the study, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs uses a hands-on approach to teach learners the current state of Maya epigraphy. Johnson shows readers  Read more...
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Johnson, Scott A.J., 1983-
Translating Maya hieroglyphs.
Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, [2013]
(DLC) 2012041253
(OCoLC)814707434
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Scott A J Johnson
ISBN: 9781461933519 146193351X 0806189401 9780806189406
OCLC Number: 852160099
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 386 pages) : illustrations, map
Contents: Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; List of Illustrations; Drawing Credits; List of Tables; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Introduction; 0.1. Why This Book Is Needed; 0.2. Today's Major Controversies; 0.3. How This Book Is Laid Out; 0.4. A Brief History of the Maya; 0.5. A Short History of Maya Decipherment; 0.6. Where Glyphs Are Encountered; Further Reading; Chapter 1. The Nature of the Script; 1.1. Glyph Blocks; 1.2. Reading Order within an Inscription; 1.3. Reading Order within a Glyph Block; 1.4. Common Inscription Format; 1.5. Logograms; 1.6. Syllabograms. 1.7. Semantic Determinatives1.8. Numeral Classifiers; 1.9. Transcription; 1.10. Transliteration; 1.11. Translation; Further Reading; Chapter 2. Spelling and Language; 2.1. Sounds in Classic Mayan; 2.2. Synharmony; 2.3. Disharmony; 2.4. Phonetic Complements; 2.5. "New" versus "Old" Orthography; 2.6. Language(s) Represented Glyphically; Further Reading; Chapter 3. Dates and Numbers; 3.1. Numbers; 3.2. Long Count; 3.3. Calendar Round; 3.4. Supplementary Series; 3.5. Distance Numbers; 3.6. Short Counts; Chapter 4. Basic Grammar; 4.1. Prepositions; 4.2. Pronouns. 4.3. Nouns, Noun Suffixes, and Morphosyllables4.4. Adjectives and Adverbs; 4.5. Word Order in Classic Mayan; 4.6. Stative Clauses and Particles; 4.7. Complete Examples; Further Reading; Chapter 5. Verbal Grammar; 5.1. Transitive Verbs; 5.2. Intransitive Verbs; 5.3. Positional (and Causative); 5.4. Inchoative; 5.5. Affective; 5.6. Stative Particles; 5.7. Expressing Time; Chapter 6. Putting It All Together; 6.1. Piedras Negras: K'inich Yo'nal Ahk II and Lady K'atun Ajaw; 6.2. Palenque: Dynasty and K'inich Janaab' Pakal; Appendix I. Grammar; Appendix II. Catalog Correspondence. Appendix III. Basic VocabularyAppendix IV. 1. Classic Mayan to English Lexicon; Appendix IV. 2. English to Classic Mayan Lexicon; Appendix V. Calendar Programs; Appendix VI. How to Draw Monuments and Texts; Glossary; References; Exercise Answer Key; index.
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"Maya hieroglyphic writing may seem impossibly opaque to beginning students, but scholar Scott A.J. Johnson presents it as a regular and comprehensible system in this engaging, easy-to-follow textbook. The only comprehensive introduction designed specifically for those new to the study, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs uses a hands-on approach to teach learners the current state of Maya epigraphy. Johnson shows readers step by step how to translate ancient Maya glyphs. He begins by describing how to break down a Mayan text into individual glyphs in the correct reading order, and then explains the different types of glyphs and how they function in the script. Finally, he shows how to systematically convert a Mayan inscription into modern English. Not simply a reference volume, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs is pedagogically arranged so that it functions as an introductory foreign-language textbook. Chapters cover key topics, including spelling, dates and numbers, basic grammar, and verbs. Formal linguistic information is accessibly explained, while worksheets and exercises complement and reinforce the material covered in the text. Glyph blocks and phrases drawn from actual monuments illustrate the variety and scribal virtuosity of Maya writing. The Maya writing system has not been fully deciphered. Throughout the text, Johnson outlines and explains the outstanding disputes among Mayanists. At the end of each chapter, he offers sources for further reading. Helpful appendices provide quick reference to vocabulary, glyph meanings, and calendrical data for students undertaking a translation. The study of Maya glyphs has long been an arcane subject known only to a few specialists. This book will change that. Taking advantage of the great strides scholars have made in deciphering hieroglyphs in the past four decades, Translating Maya Hieroglyphs brings this knowledge to a broader audience, including archaeologists and budding epigraphers."--Publisher's description.

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