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    DescriptionThis pathbreaking synthesis of history, anthropology, and linguistics gives an unprecedented view of the first two hundred years of the Spanish colonization of the Yucatec Maya. Drawing on an extraordinary range and depth of sources, William F. Hanks documents for the first time the crucial role played by language in cultural conquest: how colonial Mayan emerged in the age of the cross, how it was taken up by native writers to become the language of indigenous literature, and how it ultimately became the language of rebellion against the system that produced it. "Converting Words" includes original analyses of the linguistic practices of both missionaries and Mayas - as found in bilingual dictionaries, grammars, catechisms, land documents, native chronicles, petitions, and the forbidden "Maya Books of Chilam Balam". Lucidly written and vividly detailed, this important work presents a new approach to the study of religious and cultural conversion that will illuminate the history of Latin America and beyond, and will be essential reading across disciplinary boundaries.

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    Converting Words
    Maya in the Age of the Cross
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    By (author) William F. Hanks
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    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 472
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 224 mm
    Thickness: 32 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780520257719
    ISBN 10: 0520257715

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    Illustrations note
    16 b/w photographs, 2 line illustrations, 17 maps, 25 tables, 41 examples
    University of California Press
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    University of California Press
    Publication date
    17 March 2010
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    William F. Hanks is Professor of Anthropology, Berkeley Distinguished Chair in Linguistic Anthropology, and Affiliated Professor of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is author of Language and Communicative Practice and Referential Practice: Language and Lived Space among the Maya, among other books.
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    "Anthropologist William Hanks has given us a remarkable piece of scholarly work..." Missiology 20110204 "This book is a true landmark." -- Frauke Sachse Anthropos Redaktion 20111012
    Table of contents
    List of Illustrations List of Tables Preface Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: The Field of Discourse Production The Making of a Translanguage The Body as Totality A Shifting Voice for Indian Authors Part I. The Scope of Reduccion 2. Perpetual Reduccion in a Land of Frontiers Notes on the Political Geography of Post-Mayapan Yucatan Lopez Medel and the Spirit of the Laws Reduccion in a Regional Perspective A Land of Frontiers 3. To Make Themselves New Men Governance of the Guardiania Disciplining the Senses Bishop Toral's Vision Cogolludo's Landscape Guardiania and Cofradia Cabildos in the Mission Towns Part II. Converting Words 4. From Field to Genre and Habitus Metalinguistic Labeling Production Format and Author Position I ndexical Centering in the Deictic Field Stylistic Differentiation of Genres Multimodality: Speech, Animation, Inscription Iteration 5. First Words: From Spanish into Maya Dictionaries and the Problem of Authorship The Thematic Scope of the Dictionaries From Spanish into Maya First Principles R eligious Practices Pedagogy Language and Signs G overnance Marginal Practices 6. Commensuration: Maya as a Matrix Language Commensuration and Translingual Meaning Fray Antonio de Ciudad Real, Exemplary Lengua 7. The Grammar of Reduccion and the Art of Speaking What Is an Arte? The Shadow of Nebrija Fray Juan Coronel, Arte en lengua de maya (1620) G abriel de San Buenaventura, Arte de la lengua maya (1684) Fray Pedro Beltran de Santa Rosa Maria, Arte de el Idioma Maya (1746) Missionary Linguistics as a Hybrid System 8. The Canonical Word The Maya Doctrinas What Is a Doctrina Menor? praying in maya / doctrinal dialogues / sermons Part III. Into the Breach: The Dispersion of Maya reducido 9. The Scripted Landscape What Is a Notarial Document? L andscape as Text Early Chronicles The Titles of Ebtun Bills of Sale 10. Petitions as Prayers in the Field of Reduccion Letters of the Caciques to the Crown, February 11, 1567 L etter of the Batabs to the Crown, March 19, 1567 Petition from Dzaptun, July 20, 1605 Petitions from Numkini and Xecelchakan, November 1669 11. Cross Talk in the Books of Chilam Balam Doctrinal Language in the Books of Chilam Balam True God Comes to Yucatan The Sadness of the Christians The Words of the Prophet Epilogue: Full Circle Notes References Cited Index