Autonomous Indigenous People Who Speak Nahuatl]
k_salmon at ipinc.net
Tue Aug 28 17:12:41 UTC 2007
Ah! I've noticed that certain states of the US attract more people
from certain states of Mexico and Central America. In Oregon, where
I lived until 3 weeks ago, our hispanic population is composed of
Michoacanecos, Yucatecos and Guatemalan people... about 80% with
vanishingly smaller proportions from a few other states. So, it
probably is that the Willamette Valley doesn't attract that
particular set of people.
But here in Seattle a large Oaxaqueñan population seems to be the norm.
I know the interpreter service I've sub-contracted for does not have
nahuatl as an option, but does have 4 varieties of Maya. Thanks!
On Aug 28, 2007, at 9:56 AM, John F. Schwaller wrote:
> A month does not go by that someone from around the US contacts me
> to try to find a Nahuatl interpreter for some proceeding. So in
> fact there are mono-lingual Nahuatl speakers here in the US. I
> would, however, posit on the basis of no empirical data, that many
> of the Nahuatl speakers here are also bi-lingual in Spanish and as
> such when confronted with a problem are forced to rely on Spanish,
> since the courts and offices have Spanish interpreters. Similarly,
> I know for a fact hat the prisons of California and Arizona have
> significant Nahuatl speaking populations because I am continually
> contacted by other prisoners, and by guards, about how to learn the
> language. So, I know that there are fairly large numbers of
> Nahuatl speakers here in the US.
> Kier Salmon wrote:
>> I wondered if it was because most nahuatl speakers ARE bilingual
>> and thus I don't know about it. But people chat with me and I
>> find out from names and in general conversation about where
>> they've come from. The other explanation that comes to mind is
>> that the nahua don't want to come to the USA... but then, why
>> would the maya come in such numbers?
>> This is the rankest curiosity; since I am interested in learning
>> to speak nahuatl, I've been paying attention and asking
>> questions. Does anybody have a hypothesis?
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> John F. Schwaller
> SUNY - Potsdam
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