When there is a Y and when there isn't

Michael McCafferty mmccaffe at indiana.edu
Mon Feb 11 18:48:11 UTC 2013

Quoting Susana Moraleda <susana at losrancheros.org>:

> Sí. Todo está muy bien, pero...
> Should one "complain" about people writing/pronouncing PIA and CHIA
> and telling them that in reality, in good classical Nahuatl, these
> words are PIYA and CHIYA? - What are we supposed to use as a valid
> argument? How are we so certain that they are so? --

I tend to make
> reference to the way in which their preterites are formed, i.e. OPIX
> and OCHIX versus OPIH and OCHIH --

That is an excellent rule of thumb.

> P.S. Joe, when you talk about "silla" you mention "in most other
> dialects".... but as far as I know, there are no "dialects" deriving
> from the Spanish language!


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