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Converting WordsMaya in the Age of the Cross$
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William Hanks

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520257702

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520257702.001.0001

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Epilogue Full Circle

Epilogue Full Circle

(p.365) Epilogue Full Circle
Converting Words

Joel Robbins

University of California Press

The processes of conversion explored in this book had a penumbra of effects, including the making of modern Maya. Religion would become a cauldron of social change throughout the colonial and modern periods. To show the legacy of reducción in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries would require another book-length study. A few provocative examples will have to suffice. In relation to the emergence of modern Maya discourse practices, the book's thesis has three parts. First, the linguistic processes of commensuration, translation, and iteration were central in driving changes in Maya. Second, these and related processes were part of the larger project of reducción, which embedded Maya reducido in the pueblos reducidos, guardianías, and the entire apparatus of mission and governance. Third, reducción was highly concentrated in its logic, coordinating space, conduct, and language so that these were mutually reinforcing features of the colonial world.

Keywords:   modern Maya, discourse, linguistic processes, commensuration, translation, iteration, reducción

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