Writing Systems and Linguistic Structure
  • ISSN 1387-6732
  • E-ISSN: 1570-6001
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Maya hieroglyph writing was the prestigious writing system of the Maya civilization and was carved on stone or wooden monuments mainly during the Classic Period (ca. AD 250–900). Three types of voice (active voice, passive voice, and mediopassive voice) have been identified in Maya hieroglyphs. These three types of voice are not used randomly, and usually one of the three voice types is preferred for each verb. The choice of voice in Maya hieroglyphs seems to be constrained by the contextual nature of texts as historical records and the nature of the respective agent and patient. In this paper, I analyze what kinds of factors constrain the choice of voice in Maya hieroglyphic writing.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): hieroglyphs; Maya; reconstruction; spelling conventions; voice
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