Belize & Ambergris Caye Help

What is the proper way to refer to the Maya? Maya or Mayans?

Many people misuse these three terms, assuming that “Maya” is a singular noun, “Mayas” a plural noun, and “Mayan” an adjective.

The fact is, the word “Maya” should be used in all three of the above situations. Here are some specific examples showing correct usage:

As a singular noun: He is (a) Maya.

As a plural noun: They are Maya.

As an adjective: Maya astronomy, Maya calendar, Maya civilization, Maya clothing, Maya culture, Maya folklore, Maya food, Maya glyphs, Maya hairstyle, Maya heritage, Maya hieroglyphs, Maya pyramids, Maya religion, Maya ritual, Maya warfare.

The name of the spoken language: this is a little bit more complicated. “Mayan” refers to the family of 29 to 32 languages spoken by the Maya. However, there is one exception to this: according to The Open School of Ethnography and Anthropology, “The use of these words suddenly gets complicated…There is one Mayan language whose proper name is “Maya”! The native speakers of Yucatec Maya call their language Maya. Maya is the correct proper name of the language that they speak.”

More information...

Yucatan Today

0 (0)
Article Rating (No Votes)
Rate this article
There are no attachments for this article.
There are no comments for this article. Be the first to post a comment.
Full Name
Email Address
Security Code Security Code
Related Articles RSS Feed
Permit to conduct archaeological research in Belize
Viewed 2108 times since Mon, Feb 27, 2017
What is the size of Belize in square km?
Viewed 6631 times since Wed, Feb 3, 2016
What is a general description of the island?
Viewed 8432 times since Wed, Dec 6, 2006
Belize Fast Facts - FAQ
Viewed 17429 times since Mon, Aug 25, 2014
What can you tell me about the history of Ambergris Caye and San Pedro?
Viewed 8585 times since Sat, Dec 30, 2006
What is Garifuna Settlement Day?
Viewed 18062 times since Thu, Nov 20, 2008
When was television first introduced to Belize?
Viewed 2263 times since Tue, Nov 22, 2016
What is the population on Ambergris Caye?
Viewed 12062 times since Sun, Jan 28, 2007
What can you tell me about Maya History in Belize?
Viewed 8686 times since Thu, Dec 7, 2006
What are the languages spoken in Belize?
Viewed 15592 times since Thu, Dec 21, 2006