Arte para aprender la lengua mexicana

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Arte para aprender la lengua mexicana
Olmos Simeon.jpg
Siméon's 1875 edition.
Author Andrés de Olmos
Country Mexico/France
Language Spanish
Subject Nahuatl language
Genre Grammar
Publisher Imprimerie Nationale
Publication date

The Arte para aprender la lengua mexicana is a grammar of the Nahuatl language in Spanish by Andrés de Olmos. It was written in Mexico in 1547, but remained in manuscript form until 1875, when it was published in Paris by Rémi Siméon under the title Grammaire de la langue nahuatl ou mexicaine.[1] Olmos' Arte is the earliest known Nahuatl grammar.[2]

As with usual Nahuatl orthography, Olmos did not write glottal stops (saltillos), or distinguish vowel length. He was, however, almost unique in distinguishing the voiced and voiceless allophones of /l/, writing [ɬ] as lh.[3]


  1. ^ Andrès de Olmos (1875), Grammaire de la langue Nahuatl ou Mexicaine, Paris: Impr. Nationale 
  2. ^ Lockhart, p. 150.
  3. ^ Lockhart, p. 105.


  • Lockhart, James (2001). Nahuatl as Written: lessons in older written Nahuatl, with copious examples and texts. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-4282-0. 

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