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The Jakaltek Popti’ noun classifier system

Colette Grinevald


After having resisted adaptation in the 70s, the Jakaltek Popti’ (of the Q’anjob’alan family) noun classifier system has recently undergone extensive restructuring. These changes are largely due to the need that was felt to classify nouns of Spanish origin for artifacts made of untraditional or new materials that have been incorporated into the language and culture. The absence of classifiers for these nouns meant an absence of anaphoric pronouns, in contrast to the obligatory article and pronominal forms organizing the vocabulary of the dominant colonial Spanish language through gender-marking. Discussions with the local branch of the Academy of Mayan Languages of Guatemala, the Jakaltek linguistic community, reveal their concern with revitalizing and standardizing the now clearly endangered Jakaltek Popti’.
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hal-04347735 , version 1 (15-12-2023)



Colette Grinevald. The Jakaltek Popti’ noun classifier system: Changes due to Spanish contact. Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker; Diane M. Hintz; Carmen Jany. Language Contact and Change in the Americas: Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun, 173, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp.273-296, 2016, Studies in language companion series, ⟨10.1075/slcs.173.12gri⟩. ⟨hal-04347735⟩
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