In Arkady Martine's A Memory Called Empire the main planet speaks a language called Teixcalaanli. Is this language based on Aztec, Mayan, or some other real human language?


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Following up to my comment, I found a tweet from the author, Arkady Martine (a pen-name for Dr Anna Linden Weller):

Teixcalaanli is inspired by Nahuatl (... and Greek); Stationer is basically Space Armenian. I’m kinda a language nerd.

So Teixcalaanli is indeed partially based on Nahautl - a language in the Uto-Aztecan familiy, spoken in Central Mexico.

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    I want to read this now just to see what "Space Armenian" looks like!
    – chepner
    Jan 22, 2021 at 14:05

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