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The Comparative Method of Language Acquisition Research

Clifton Pye


The Mayan family of languages is ancient and unique. With their distinctive relational nouns, positionals, and complex grammatical voices, they are quite alien to English and have never been shown to be genetically related to other New World tongues. These qualities, this book shows, afford a particular opportunity for linguistic insight. This book demonstrates the value of a close, granular analysis of a small language lineage for untangling the complexities of first language acquisition. The book applies the comparative method to three Mayan languages—K'iche', Mam, and Ch'ol—showing how diff ... More

Keywords: grammar, Mayan languages, first language acquisition, lexicon, K'iche', Mam, Ch'ol, verb, pronoun

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226481289
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226481319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Clifton Pye, author
University of Kansas