altepetl

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl āltepētl, from ātl tepētl, literally “water (and) hill”.

Noun[edit]

altepetl ‎(plural altepemeh)

  1. A Nahua community; a pueblo.

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Central Nahuatl[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [aːɬˈte.peːt͡ɬ]

Noun[edit]

altepetl ‎(inanimate)

  1. City.

References[edit]

  • Medina, Genaro. (1999) Curso de Nahuatl, University of Americas, Cholula, Puebla p. 88.

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A contraction of ātl tepētl, compound of ātl(water) +‎ tepētl(hill), two constituents perceived as being essential for life. The compound is odd in retaining the l of ātl; the usual compound would be *ātepētl.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /aːltepeːt͡ɬ/
  • IPA(key): [aːɬ.ˈté.peːt͡ɬ]

Noun[edit]

āltepētl ‎(animate, plural āltepēmeh)

  1. (inanimate, not pluralized) altepetl; a town or city.
  2. (animate, pluralized) The people of an altepetl.
    • 17C: Chimalpahin, Record of the Arrival of the Mexica Azteca When They Came Here to Mexico Tenochtitlan
      oncan ynpan acico yn chicuey altepeme macehualtin oncan chanonoque yn culhuacan
      (They there arrived among the people of the eight altepetl domiciled in Culhuacan)

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References[edit]

  • Andrews, J. Richard (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, revised edition edition, University of Oklahoma Press, page 205
  • Chimalpahin Cuauhtlehuanitzin, Domingo Francisco de San Antón Muñón (1997) Codex Chimalpahin, volume 2, edited and translated by Arthur J. O. Anderson and Susan Schroeder, University of Oklahoma Press, pages 18–19
  • Karttunen, Frances (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, page 9
  • Lockhart, James (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, page 210