Frances Esther Karttunen (born 1942), also known as Frances Ruley Karttunen, is an American academic linguist, historian and author. In her linguistics career Karttunen has specialised in the study of Mesoamerican languages such as Mayan but in particular Nahuatl, on which topic she has authored seven books and numerous academic papers. She has also written about endangered languages, linguistic diversity and language translation. Early in her career Karttunen also produced several studies of Finnish phonology and syntax.
As a historian Karttunen has published research in areas such as historical Mesoamerican literature, colonial-era Aztec and Nahua history, and the social organizations, socio-political concerns and literacy rates of indigenous peoples in Mexico. Karttunen has also written and lectured about the local history of Nantucket.
Most of her academic career was spent in association with the University of Texas at Austin, where she held researcher and lecturer positions for over 30 years, until her retirement in 2000 as senior university research scientist at the Linguistics Research Center.
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- In her academic works on linguistics and Mesoamerican studies she publishes as Frances E. Karttunen; her historical research on Nantucket is published incorporating her mother's maiden name, as Frances Ruley Karttunen.
- Works by or about Frances E. Karttunen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
- Works by or about Frances Ruley Karttunen in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
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