Mexihco

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Central Nahuatl[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Mēxihco

  1. Tenochtitlan; an altepetl and capital of the Aztec empire.

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References[edit]

  • Mancilla Sepúlveda, Héctor. (2000) Lecciones de Nahuatl, Hirata Editorial, México DF. p. 158.
  • Frances Karttunen (1992) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Oklahoma Press, page 145

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. Possibly from the stems mētztli (moon) + xīctli (navel) + the locative -co, which would yield *Mēxxīcco (“at the place of the moon's navel”). The form Mēxihco would thus imply the degemination of [ʃː] and the dissimilation of [kk] to [ʔk], with the appearance of the glottal stop automatically triggering the shortening of the preceding [iː] to [i]. Some theories link the place name to metl (maguey) and cihtli (hare), though both these constituents are phonetically unviable.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Mēxihco (locative)

  1. Tenochtitlan; an altepetl and capital of the Aztec empire.

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Descendants[edit]

References[edit]

  • Frances Karttunen (1992) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Oklahoma Press, page 145