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Wiki: Nahuatl

Na­hua­tl is an indigenous language of Mexico, with about 1.7 million mod­ern-day speakers. It is an agglutinative, polysynthetic language, which is to say its words are formed from concatenating lots and lots of morphemes to the point that they can get really long. It forms part of the Mesoamerican language area. As the language of the Aztecs, it was a widely-spoken language in Central Mexico in …

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Wiki: corn

Corn, or maize, is a plant that I always knew growing up as a vegetable (in the form of sweet corn), but is actually a grain.

The plant is native to the Americas, and first began to be cultivated by Mesoamericans in southern Mexico.

  • sweet corn: this is when the plants are harvested well before ripeness, so the seeds are still soft and juicy
  • field corn: this is when the plants are harvested long …

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Wiki: amaranth

First got onto this topic via “amaranth wafers”, which are popular in Mexico and, increasingly, the US. You could think of them as similar to those puffed rice crackers, I guess, but they are instead made of amaranth. So what is amaranth? well…

Amaranth is a “pseudocereal”, like quinoa or buckwheat. It has been cultivated in Mesoamerica for its edible, starchy seeds for at …

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Wiki: Mesoamerican language area

Mesoamerica is a linguistically diverse place, with languages from the Uto-Aztecan family (like Nahuatl), the Mayan languages, Oto-Manguean, Toto­na­can, Mixe-Zoque and a number of others all spoken there. However, despite being a big melting pot, the languages form a sprachbund and as such have a number of similarities to each other. The five key similarities said to characterise the Mesoamerican …

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