CFP: Yale Nahuatl Conference 2018

The Northeastern Group of Nahuatl Scholars is accepting proposals for the May 2018 meeting.  The conference will run three days, from Friday, May 11 (noon) through Sunday, May 13 (midday).  Proposals are evaluated on a first-come-first served basis by the organizers.  The schedule is frequently filled before the deadline.  This year the absolute deadline is April 1, 2018.


Nahuatl Documents:

Huey cocoliztli solved?

According to research published in Nature Ecology and Evolution the illness that struck Mesoamerica during the conquest was not smallpox, has has been thought, but perhaps a strain of the bacterium salmonella.  Looking at remains from a cemetary in Teposcolula, OAX, ten individuals had genetic evidence of the enteric form of the bacteria, which causes enteric fever.  The paper proposes that the illness specifically from 1545 to be this strain of salmonella.

New find on Iztaccihuatl

INAH archeologists have discoverd a reflecting pool on the sides of Iztaccihuatl that might represent the Mexica universe.  It consists of stone placed in a circular pool that under optimal conditions appear to be hovering on the surface.


The INAH press release:



Everything you every wanted to know about "ye", but were afraid to ask.


Just in case anyone was wondering what verb class "ye", "to be" belongs to, today in Tlaxcala, a certain well-respected Nahuatl speaking professor (in his book Tlahtolixcopincayotl: San Miguel Xaltipan) who used to collaborate with a certain well-respected linguist who lives in Indiana, says,

"Tollan oyec ce huei altepetl", "Tollan was a big/great city" 

"Iminaltpehuan oyequeh Tenochtitlan", "Their cities were in Tenochtitlan"

Cualli xiitztocan pan ni ilhuitl,



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