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47 Mesoamerica and the southwestern United States: linguistic history

Prehistory

Part II: Holocene migrations

  1. Jane H. Hill

Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm847

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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Hill, J. H. 2013. 47 Mesoamerica and the southwestern United States: linguistic history. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

Abstract

Mesoamerica witnessed one major linguistic dispersal in the late Holocene, that of the Uto-Aztecans over large areas of Mexico and the western USA. Most other language families associated with maize cultivating farmers were constrained by each other in the narrow isthmian region of Mesoamerica, but the Otomanguean and Mayan populations clearly underwent considerable demographic growth.

Keywords:

  • linguistics;
  • New World prehistory;
  • Holocene;
  • Central America;
  • Otomanguean, Mayan, Uto-Aztecan