Classical Maya

Genetic affiliation: Western Mayan, Cholan
Endangerment: extinct
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The following list contains basic recommendations/sources on the language at issue.


general introductions, encyclopedias, literature, writing, history, miscellaneous

Bricker, Victoria R. 2008. Mayan. In Woodard, Roger D. (ed.), The Ancient Languages of Asia and the Americas, 163-192. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Kettunem, Harri; Helmke, Christophe. 2020. Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphes. Wayeb.
Law, Danny & David Stuart. 2017. Classic Mayan: an overview of language in ancient hieroglyphic script. In Judith Aissen, Nora C. England & Roberto Zavala Maldonado (eds.), The mayan languages, 128–172. London: Routledge.
Stuart, David. 2005. (Sourcebook for the 29th Maya Hieroglyph Forum. Austin: Dept. of Art and Art History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Thompson, J. Eric S. (1971). Maya Hieroglyphic Writing; An Introduction. Civilization of the American Indian Series (No. 56) (3rd ed.). Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-0447-3.


grammars, outlines of grammatical structure, grammatical sketches

Law, Daniel A. 2006. A Grammatical Description of the Early Classic Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions. MA thesis, Brigham Young University.
Macri, Martha J. 1988. A Descriptive Grammar of Palenque Mayan. PhD thesis, University of California at Berkeley. Ann Arbor: UMI.


dictionaries, headword search tools, further sources of information about the lexicon

Boot, Eric. 2009. The Updated Preliminary Classic Maya - English, English - Classic Maya Vocabulary of Hieroglyphic Readings. Mesoweb Resources.


corpora of written language, online data bases, text collections, spoken data collections

Grube, Nikolai, Christian Prager, Elisabeth Wagner, Guido Krempel, Tobias Mercer s.d. Textdatenbank und Wörterbuch des Klassischen Maya; base de datos de textos y diccionario del maya clásico. online resource.

teaching material

coursebooks, exercises, materials or introductions supporting teaching

Khan Academy
Lecture: "The Mysteries of the Ancient Maya Civilization and the Apogee of Art in the Americas"
A Non-technical Introduction to Maya Glyphs