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Nāhuatl, Nāhuatlahtōlli, Mēxihcatlahtōlli, Mācēhuallahtōlli, Mēxihcacopa
|Region||State of Mexico, Puebla, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Hidalgo, Guerrero, Morelos, Tlaxcala, Oaxaca, Michoacán, Chihuahua, Durango,|
and immigrants in United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Canada
|Native speakers||1,740,000 (2010)|
|Official language in||Mexico (through the General Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples)|
|Regulated by||Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas|
|ISO 639-3||nci Classical Nahuatl|
For modern varieties, see Nahuan languages
|This language has its own Wikipedia project. See the Nahuatl edition.|
Nahuatl has changed since the end of the Aztec Empire. Over time, many different dialects of Nahuatl have developed. Today, people who speak different Nahuatl dialects do not always understand each other.
Many phrases that are unique to Mexican Spanish come from Nahuatl, according to John Lipski. The unique phrases are called "Mexicanisms." An example is ándale, which often means "let's go." Another example is the word Bueno? and is used by many Spanish-speakers when they answer the telephone.
Nahuatl words in English
- See also the English Wiktionary, which lists the origins of each of these words.
- "General Law of Linguistic Rights of Indigenous Peoples" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. https://web.archive.org/web/20080611011220/http://www.diputados.gob.mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/257.pdf.
- "Instituto Nacional de Lenguas Indígenas homepage". http://www.inali.gob.mx/.
- Ager, Simon (2016). "Nahuatl (nāhuatl/nawatlahtolli)". Omniglot. http://www.omniglot.com/writing/nahuatl.htm. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
- Suárez, Jorge A. (1983). The Mesoamerian Indian Languages. Cambridge Language Surveys. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. p. 149. . .
- IRIN, [Iniciativa para la Recuperación del Idioma Náhuat] (2004). "IRIN-International homepage". The Nawat Language Recovery Initiative. IRIN. Archived from the original on 20 May 2010. https://web.archive.org/web/20100520015837/http://www.compapp.dcu.ie/~mward/irin/index.htm. Retrieved 2008-03-31.
- Lipski, John M. (2008). Varieties of Spanish in the United States. Georgetown University Press. pp. 88-89. .
- "Nahuatl Borrowings in Mexican Spanish Vocabulary". The Azteca Web Page. http://www.mexica.net/nahuatl/nahuawds.php. Retrieved May 27, 2016.