Nahuatl Digest, Vol 237, Issue 4

David Wright dcwright at
Mon Nov 21 15:32:09 UTC 2011

Come on Ben, you know we're all dying to read the 18 syllable megaword. This
list would be a great place to register the longest known word in colonial
period Nahuatl texts, and to update the register if a record breaker shows

-----Mensaje original-----
De: nahuatl-bounces at [mailto:nahuatl-bounces at]
En nombre de Ben Leeming
Enviado el: domingo, 20 de noviembre de 2011 16:26
Para: nahuatl at
Asunto: Re: [Nahuat-l] Nahuatl Digest, Vol 237, Issue 4

¡Muchísimas gracias, Valerio!

Si alguien quiere ver los referencias que mencionó Valerio, encontré el
Nican Mopohua en Google Books aqui:

Also, the Internet Archive ( has the 1885 edition of
Rincón's Arte here:

¡Qué maravilla el poema que anotó Rincón!  How I wish he had told us more
about its author!!

If anyone is interested in a trove of polynomials, see the extracts from
the "Sermones y santoral en mexicano" that Louise Burkhart references in
her monograph "Before Guadalupe." See pp. 50-51 for a representative
example.  So far the longest I have encountered is a whopping EIGHTEEN
syllables!  Has anyone seen longer?

Gracias, todos!


Ben Leeming
PhD Student
Department of Anthropology
University at Albany, SUNY
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