Arte de la lengua mexicana con la declaración de los adverbios della

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Arte de la lengva mexicana con la declaracion de los adverbios della. Al Illustrisso. y Reuerendisso.
Author Horacio Carochi
Country Mexico
Language Spanish
Subject Nahuatl language
Publisher Juan Ruyz
Publication date

The Arte de la lengua mexicana con la declaración de los adverbios della is a grammar of the Nahuatl language in Spanish by Jesuit grammarian Horacio Carochi. This classic work on the Classical Nahuatl language is now considered by linguists to be the finest and most useful of the many extant early grammars of Nahuatl.

Carochi had an acute understanding of the Nahuatl language and was the first grammarian to understand and propose a consistent transcription of several phenomena in Nahuatl phonology, especially vowel length and the saltillo (glottal stop). His art was seen as important soon after its elaboration and already in 1759 a version called "compendio del arte ..." re-edited by Fray Ignacio Paredes was prepared and reprinted. This version which has been reprinted many times since, however, lacks most of the virtues of the original work.

The 1754 Nahuatl grammar Arte de la lengua mexicana is considered particularly derivative of Carochi's work.[1][2]

In 2001 it was published as "Grammar of the Mexican language: with an explanation of its adverbs" in an edition where the Spanish paleographic version appears side-by-side with an English translation by James Lockhart.


  1. ^ Schwaller, John Frederick (1973). "A Catalogue of Pre-1840 Nahuatl Works Held by The Lilly Library". The Indiana University Bookman. 11: 69–88. 
  2. ^ Launey, Michel (1986). "Catégories et opérations dans la grammaire Nahuatl". 


  • 1759. "Compendio del arte de la lengua mexicana, dispuesto . . ." por el P. Ignacio de Paredes. (Edicion facsimilar de la de 1759, Mexico, Editorial Innovacion, S.A., 1979, 206 p.). Mexico: .
  • 2001 "Grammar of the Mexican Language: With an Explanation of Its Adverbs" (1645) Horacio Carochi, James Lockhart (Translator), Stanford University Press.