Nocnihuan, I assume that many people who "do" Nahuatl for an extended period of time, mainly those who peek in the window from outside, do one or more of the following:
In the early 1970's I started keeping a checklist of the morphemes of Nahuatl (as seen through the eyes of Fray Alonso de Molina). The first 300-400 morphemes were easy to identify, but the later ones were later for a reason -- they were harder to resolve. I think that by early 1985 my best estimate of the list stood at 1339.
Since a colleague of mine, Mary Clayton (also my wife), started her work on the anonymous Trilingual Dictionary almost ten years ago, we have maintained the morpheme index jointly. For some time we have wanted to be able to share it with other people -- perhaps deriving some benefit from their difference in point of view, but two factors made that impossible:
However, my Nahuatl class at the University of Chicago this summer provided me with the motivation to bite the bullet and do the programming and detailed editing necessary to do simple extractions on the database. I am sending you two provisional indexes (some information has temporarily fallen through the cracks and is safely lodged there).
The first one is an *inverse* sort, allowing quick perusal of morphemes with similar endings.
The second one is a simple alphabetical sort.
The third one is a list of "cf's" [probable compound morphemes]. A recent message on similarities in morpheme lists sent me back to the drawing board -- I realized that some agreements with my colleague Tezozomoc's and other lists might not show through because I had neglected to include notations in the list on "cf's". cf's are apparent relationships between items on the list where, for one reason or another (usually caution, in some cases, excessive caution), no formal claim is being made about the relationship *yet*. Items such as "a:calli" and "a:ltepe:tl" (obvious compounds of "a:tl") are separated on the morpheme list for practical reasons. Their occurrence in words is so frequent that indexing words under "a:tl", "calli", and "tepe:tl" would make a less useful index for the user.
It goes without saying that suggestions and construction criticism are welcome. On second thought, I guess it didn't... Xipahpaquican, Joe
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