Cheyenne Major Constituent Order

Author(s):
Leman, Elena M
Description:

Cheyenne narratives exhibit all possible orders for the three major constituents of subject, object, and verb. In this book, the author explores factors that could possibly influence the order of major constituents in Cheyenne narrative. Through the analysis of texts elicited from Cheyenne speakers, she concludes that the newsworthy first principle provides an accounting for alternate constituent order and can be used to predict constituent order.

Cheyenne, an Algonquian language, is spoken by Native Americans living in Montana and Oklahoma. The author has done language research with those in Montana since 1975. The theoretical basis of this study comes from her work toward earning a master’s degree at the University of Oregon.

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

  1. Introduction
  2. Grammatical Overview
  3. 2.1 Obviation
    2.2 Verb Inflection
    2.3 Pronominal Prefixes and Inverse Markers
    2.4 Indirect Object

  4. A Typological Perspective
  5. 3.1 Syntactic Role and Constituent Order
    3.2 Semantic Role and Constituent Order
    3.3 Animacy and Constituent Order
    3.4 First Mention and Constituent Order
    3.5 Tomlin's Theme First Principle
    3.6 Tomlin's Animated First Principle
    3.7 Payne's Conbination of Factors
    3.8 Other Combinations

  6. Newsworthy First
  7. 4.1 Newsworthy Contrasted with Other Linguistic Terms
    4.2 Tests for Mithun's Newsworthy First Principle
    4.3 Other Support for Newsworthy First
    4.4 Cognitive Support for the Hypothesis

  8. Experimental Approach to Newsworthy First
  9. 5.1 Introduction to the Experiment
    5.2 Online Video Narration

  10. Results of the Experiment and Newsworthy First
  11. Conclusion
  12. Appendix A. Cumulative Referential Density in Cheyenne
    Appendix B. Diary of Video Experiment Process
    Appendix C. Samples of Cheyenne Texts
    References

Retail Price:
$16.00
Date:
1999
Extent:
xi, 95 pages
ISBN 13:
978-1556710155
Subject:
Typology
Narrative discourse
ISBN 10:
1556710151
Size:
6 × 9 × 0.21 in
Weight:
0.4 lb
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Country:
United States
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