“The Title and Proof of Our Ancestors”
Mallory E. Matsumoto is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Brown University. Land, Politics, and Memory in Five Nija’ib’ K’iche’ Títulos is her first book.
Modernization and standardization of orthography, spelling, and grammar, along with transliteration into type, make some works more accessible to a broader audience . . . but by eliminating internal variation and irregularity, this same practice obscures critical data that could provide insight into phenomena such as the context of composition or the author’s identity.