Areal Linguistics and Middle America

  • Terrence Kaufman


Middle America (also called Mesoamerica, henceforth MA), as a product of the culture area concept, is only one of the approximately 35 areas into which most anthropologists (and others) interested in the concept would divide the pre-Columbian New World. MA is of special interest in that (a) ‘civilization’ — by whatever definition — first appeared in the New World in MA, and (b) in political terms MA is divided between just two2 contemporary nations — Mexico and Guatemala — both of them officiall using Spanish as the national language.


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