It all started at RADIO GRILLÉ a month ago…
It all started at RADIO GRILLÉ a month ago. After receiving his Hamburger an American customer screamed “SLAPYAMAMA”. He shouted so loud, in a strong Southern accent, that people up and down the street could hear.
Radio Grillè is a block an half on Benigno Malo from Parque Calderon, half way to Calle Larga. And just then two large families from Otavalo were passing in front of the restaurant when they heard the scream “SLAPYAMAMA”. The surprise was that they thought they were hearing Quechua. Could it be that after 500 hundred years the linguistic influence of the Spanish conquistador and their Andean translator had return to Cuenca? As sited by Cecil H. Brown, Søren Wichmann, and David Beck from Northern Illinois University.
The comparative method of historical linguistics is carefully applied to the hypothesis that Chitimacha, a language of southern Louisiana now without fully fluent speakers, and languages of the Totozoquean family of Mesoamerica are genealogically related. Ninety-one lexical sets comparing Chitimacha words collected by Swadesh (1939; 1946a; 1950) to words reconstructed for Proto-Totozoquean (Brown et al. 2011) show regular sound correspondences. Along with certain structural similarities, this evidence attests to the descent of these languages from a common ancestor, Proto-Chitimacha-Totozoquean. By identifying regular sound correspondences, the phonological inventory and some of the vocabulary of the proto-language are reconstructed. Reconstructed words relating to maize agriculture and the fabrication of paper indicate that prehistoric Chitimacha speakers migrated to the Lower Mississippi Valley from Mesoamerica. Some speculations on how and when Chitimacha speakers migrated are offered.