Nahauatl

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Nahuatl Translator & Interpreter

Not only do we customize our lineup of services to your particular needs, but we specify each individual communication to the job. To start with, we offer you an array of services that maximize the clarity and convenience of each assignment. Very few firms perform jobs in a customized manner, so even this firm-level of individualization is quite rare. Beyond that, even with languages like Nahuatl, a CIT interpreter or translator will ensure that every word is spoken or written according to the context of the situation. This is something that machine translators and interpreters always fail to address.

The Nahuatl language is a Uto-Aztecan language and is spoken by about 1.5 million people in Mexico. The majority of the Nahuatl speakers in Mexico live in Central Mexico, specifically in Puebla, Veracruz, Hidalgo, San Luis Potosi, Guerrero, Mexico (the state), El Distrito Federal, Tlaxcala, Morelos, Oaxaca and in El Salvador. There are also Nahuatl speakers in parts of Mexico and the US but much smaller. Nahuatl is thought to be the most important of the Uto-Aztecan languages and was the language of the Aztec and Toltec people. Finding a Nahuatl interpreter or translator in various parts of the world can be very hard, so let CIT handle the time-consuming details.

Dialects

There are several dialects of Nahuatl, although many of them are quite similar and can be understood within dialects. Most younger Nahuatl speakers also speak Spanish. Historically speaking, Classical Nahuatl was used in the Aztec empire and was a lingua franca in most of Mesoamerica beginning in the 600s until about the 1500s. The modern dialects of Nahuatl are most similar to the Classical Nahuatl dialect.

Script

The original Nahuatl script was written in a pictographic script. Although not a complete writing system, it was used as a mnemonic which reminded its readers about the texts they had learned orally. This script was used carved in stone and in many picture books that the Spanish had unfortunately destroyed. It was the Spanish that had introduced Latin script to write Nahuatl. Since then, a lot of literature, particularly poetry and prose, has been written in Latin script. It is also because of this that many do not know how Nahuatl is actually spelled.

According to the script, the letters b,d,g,f, ñ, and rr are used only in Spanish loanwords. In Classical Nahuatl, the tl sound is notable as it is made to be one single consonant and has a glottal stop. In modern dialects, there is no glottal stop and has been replaced bu the letter h. This sound, however, is used to differentiate between three modern dialects. They are the central and northern Aztect, which used the tl sound and can be seen in the word Nahuatl. The Eastern Aztec dialects do not use the tl, rather simply the t is used., referring to the language as Nahuat. Western dialects replaced the tl with only the l and refer to the language as Nahual. The Classical Nahuatl language from around the 1500s had used 15 consonants and 4 long and short vowels.

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