Relative Clause Structure in Mesoamerican Languages

Relative Clause Structure in Mesoamerican Languages

"As the first major survey of relative clause structure in the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica, this volume comprises a collection of original, in-depth studies of relative constructions in representative languages from across Mexico ...

Author: Enrique L. Palancar

Publisher: Brill's Studies in the Indigen

ISBN: 9004467750

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 350

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"As the first major survey of relative clause structure in the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica, this volume comprises a collection of original, in-depth studies of relative constructions in representative languages from across Mexico and Central America, based on empirical data collected by the authors themselves. The studies not only reveal the complex and fascinating nature of relative clauses in the languages in question, but they also shed invaluable light on how Mesoamerica came to be one of the richest and most diverse linguistic areas on our planet. Contributors are: Eric Campbell, Claudine Chamoreau, Lucero Flores Nájera, Silviano Jiménez Jiménez, Óscar López Nicolás, Eladio (B'alam) Mateo Toledo, Enrique L. Palancar, and Roberto Zavala Maldonado"--
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages

Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages

This volume constitutes the first in-depth, systematic study of varieties of headless relative clauses in fifteen languages from five language families, all Mesoamerican languages spoken in Mexico and Guatemala and one Chibchan language ...

Author: Associate Professor of Linguistics Ivano Caponigro

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780197518373

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 578

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This volume constitutes the first in-depth, systematic study of varieties of headless relative clauses in fifteen languages from five language families, all Mesoamerican languages spoken in Mexico and Guatemala and one Chibchan language spoken in Honduras. Headless relative clauses are clauses that often resemble interrogative clauses or headed relative clauses in their morpho-syntactic shape, but whose meaning brings them close to nominal constructions. For the vastmajority of the languages in this volume, many of which are endangered and all of which are understudied, the work presented here represents the only published material on the subject.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages

Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages

Introducing Headless Relative Clauses and the Findings from Mesoamerican Languages 1 Ivano Caponigro 1. Introduction 1 1.1 . ... Definition of Headless Relative Clauses 5 3. ... Language - Specific Chapters and Their Structure 28 8.

Author: Ivano Caponigro

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780197518397

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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Headless relative clauses have received little attention in the linguistic literature, despite the many morpho-syntactic and semantic puzzles they raise. These clauses have been even more neglected in the study of Mesoamerican languages. Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages constitutes the first in-depth, systematic study of the topic. Spanning fifteen languages from five language families, it is the broadest crosslinguistic study of headless relative clauses yet conducted. For most of these languages there is no previous descriptive or documentary material on wh-constructions in general, let alone headless relative clauses. Many of the languages are threatened or endangered; all are understudied. Each chapter in this volume constitutes an original contribution to typological and theoretical linguistics. The first chapter provides a comprehensive introduction to the varieties of headless relative clauses and their importance to the study of human language, while the other chapters are language-specific and follow a uniform format to facilitate comparisons and generalizations across languages. Through the collective work of a team of twenty-one scholars, Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages presents a clear and systematic introduction to relative and interrogative clauses in Mesoamerican languages.
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The World Atlas of Language Structures

The World Atlas of Language Structures

One other VO language with internally headed relative clauses is Tukang Besi (Austronesian; Sulawesi, Indonesia), but this is not the ... (iii) an area stretching from South-East Asia eastward through the Pacific; and (iv) Mesoamerica.

Author: Martin Haspelmath

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199255917

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 695

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The World Atlas of Language Structures is a book and CD combination displaying the structural properties of the world's languages. Its 142 world maps and numerous regional maps are all in full colour. Each world map shows an average of 400 languages and is accompanied by a fully referenced description. The CD provides an interactive version of the database which allows the user to customize the maps and find and test correlations. The Atlas is an indispensablesource of information for linguists, anthropologists, and geographers. It will be especially valuable for typologists, grammatical theorists, historical linguists, and those interested in a particular region. It sets new standards in comparative linguistics. No institution involved in language research can afford to bewithout it.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

The Mesoamerican Indian Languages

The Mesoamerican Indian Languages

It is even uncommon for some languages to have a noun modified by two attributes with the same internal structure , e.g. two adjectives ; if two quality modifiers occur one is an adjective and the other a relative clause ( ( 98 ) ...

Author: Jorge A. Suarez

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521296692

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 206

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At least a hundred indigenous Indian languages are known to have been spoken in Mesoamerica, but it is only in the past fifty years that many of them have been adequately described. Professor Suárez draws together this considerable mass of scholarship in a general survey that will provide an invaluable source of reference.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

The Handbook of Language Emergence

The Handbook of Language Emergence

In Mesoamerica Gast (2007) points to the reverse shift of OV to VO among Uto-Aztecan languages like Nahuatl in contact ... within languages and structures, as in the relative clause strategies of OV languages (see 3.3 above and Hawkins, ...

Author: Brian MacWhinney

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119075387

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 656

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This authoritative handbook explores the latest integrated theory for understanding human language, offering the most inclusive text yet published on the rapidly evolving emergentist paradigm. Brings together an international team of contributors, including the most prominent advocates of linguistic emergentism Focuses on the ways in which the learning, processing, and structure of language emerge from a competing set of cognitive, communicative, and biological constraints Examines forces on widely divergent timescales, from instantaneous neurolinguistic processing to historical changes and language evolution Addresses key theoretical, empirical, and methodological issues, making this handbook the most rigorous examination of emergentist linguistic theory ever
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Sonora Yaqui Language Structures

Sonora Yaqui Language Structures

In the chapter “ Yaqui Sentence Structure , ” Kurath and Spicer note that the “ usual order of words in the ... As is typical of Mesoamerican languages , the tradition of borrowing dates back to the Yaquis ' earliest contact with the ...

Author: John M. Dedrick

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816539277

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 435

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Yaqui is a Southern Uto-Aztecan language spoken by a people living predominantly in Sonora, with some communities in Arizona. This comprehensive reference on the Sonoran Yaqui language is a descriptive grammar that covers topics on phonology, word classes, verb structure, and complex sentences. John M. Dedrick, who lived and worked among the Yaquis for more than thirty years, shares his extensive knowledge of the language, while Uto-Aztecan specialist Eugene H. Casad helps put the material in a comparative perspective. The book includes useful sections on quantifiers and adverbial and deictic particles, often inadequately treated in reference grammars. A section on auxiliary verbs and well-documented information on voice, aspect, and other features of verbal inflection provide readers with useful data for particular lines of linguistic inquiry. Each grammatical point is illustrated by example sentences distinguished by their naturalness and cultural relevance. At the end of the book, a Yaqui text provides a sample of connected sentences in a natural context. Sonora Yaqui Language Structures is a valuable source not only for research on this language family but also for anthropological studies of the Arizona-Sonora cultural region. In addition, it documents an indigenous language for future generations of Yaqui speakers.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas

Relative Clauses in Languages of the Americas

It has been noted in Mesoamerica in Nahuatl and Pipil, Uto-Aztecan languages (Karttunen 1976; Hill & Hill 1986; ... and discourse structures from those of the European languages famous for interrogative/ relative pronoun matches, ...

Author: Bernard Comrie

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027273390

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 307

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Patterns of relative clause formation tend to vary according to the typological properties of a language. Highly polysynthetic languages tend to have fully nominalized relative clauses and no relative pronouns, while other typologically diverse languages tend to have relative clauses which are similar to main or independent clauses. Languages of the Americas, with their rich genetic diversity, have all been under the influence of European languages, whether Spanish, English or Portuguese, a situation that may be expected to have influenced their grammatical patterns. The present volume focuses on two tasks: The first deals with the discussion of functional principles related to relative clause formation: diachrony and paths of grammaticalization, simplicity vs. complexity, and formalization of rules to capture semantic-syntactic correlations. The second provides a typological overview of relative clauses in nine different languages going from north to south in the Americas.
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Uto Aztecan

Uto Aztecan

Structural, Temporal, and Geographic Perspectives : Papers in Memory of Wick R. Miller by the Friends of Uto-Aztecan ... Despite its strong showing against Quechua , among the Mesoamerican languages in the matrix , Otomí has the fewest ...

Author: Eugene H. Casad

Publisher: USON

ISBN: 9706890300

Category: Indians of Mexico

Page: 428

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Categories: Indians of Mexico

Introduction to Typology

Introduction to Typology

A Structural Principle of Language and Its Implications . " Language 49 : 47-66 . 1978a . " Conclusion : Toward an Understanding of the Profound Unity Underlying Languages . ... “ On the Typology of Relative Clauses .

Author: Lindsay J. Whaley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 080395963X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 323

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Ideal in introductory courses dealing with grammatical structure and linguistic analysis, Introduction to Typology overviews the major grammatical categories and constructions in the world's languages. Framed in a typological perspective, the constant concern of this primary text is to underscore the similarities and differences which underlie the vast array of human languages.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines