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Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross

Converting Words: Maya in the Age of the Cross
Author: William F. Hanks
ISBN 13: 9780520257719
ISBN 10: 520257715
Edition: N/A
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2010-03-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 484
List Price: $34.95

"A true benchmark. This work will set a new standard for the conceptualization—let alone the study—of missionization and religious conversion, colonial language policy, and language-oriented social history. Hanks provides a framework for thinking about language history that integrates language ideology, linguistic form (from phonology to speech genres), social organization, and the phenomenology of experience that goes so far beyond traditional historical, linguistic, or philological perspectives as to constitute a new paradigm for the field. Converting Words will be a classic work that will stimulate others to emulate Hanks's powerful scholarly example. The field will never be the same after this book appears."—Richard Bauman, author of A World of Others' Words: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on

"Hanks's work is utterly original and unprecedented... I don't think historians of the Mesoamerican colonial regimes should write anything until they read this book; it's that important."—Jane H. Hill, author of A Grammar of Cupeño