Chalan (MH555r)

Chalan (MH555r)
Compound Glyph

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This black-line drawing of the compound glyph for the personal name Chalan (“Talkative Person,” attested here as a man’s name) shows five speech scrolls emerging from the tribute payer's mouth. They spiral up and down. Beyond the swirls are six, short, vertical lines which seem to suggest quantity (a visual multiplier or magnifier). Together, the speech scrolls and the reference to their quantity point to the verb chalani, to speak a lot, which is abbreviated here for the name.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

This visual reference to quantity is something to watch. We also have visual size references, such as with large pots (e.g., Huei Atotonilco or Huei Atl) or small stones (the name Teton, forthcoming).

Gloss Image: 
Gloss Diplomatic Transcription: 

nigulas challa

Gloss Normalization: 

Nicolás Chalan

Gloss Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Date of Manuscript: 


Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Huejotzingo, Puebla, Mexico

Semantic Categories: 
Parts (compounds or simplex + notation): 
Reading Order (Compounds or Simplex + Notation): 

talks a lot, speaks, habla mucho, hablar, locuacidad

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 


Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Matrícula de Huexotzinco, folio 555r, World Digital Library,

Image Source, Rights: 

This manuscript is hosted by the Library of Congress and the World Digital Library; used here with the Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SAq 3.0).

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