A Grammar of Sochiapan Chinantec: Studies in Chinantec Languages 6

Author(s):
Foris, David Paul
Description:

David Foris gathered the data for this volume during the sixteen years he lived in the northwest part of Oaxaca in Mexico. He settled in the Chinantla, a Mexican term meaning ‘an enclosed place’, a region boxed in by high mountain ridges and difficult to reach.

Foris makes available the knowledge he has acquired about the fascinating Sochiapan Chinantec language. It is an isolated language that exhibits a complex system of verbal inflection. Speakers of the language can use more than thirty tone-stress distinctions to communicate messages in whistle speech with minimal ambiguity. The majority of words consist of a single syllable; there are a small number of two-syllable words and less than a dozen known tri-syllabics.

This model-neutral presentation describes everything from the phonemes up through phrases and clauses to compound sentences; from the changes of tone and stress to changes in nucleus to signal a wide variety of tense, aspect, and related features.

Regarding this book, Dr. Rudolph C. Troike, Head of the Department of English at the University of Arizona, says, “This is overall a masterful piece of work which makes a major contribution to Chinantec studies and to language typological research in general.”

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Map

  1. Introduction
  2. Phonology
  3. Lexical Formation Strategies
  4. The Verb
  5. The Verb Phrase
  6. The Noun Phrase
  7. The Prepositional Phrase
  8. The Clause
  9. Complex and Compound Sentences
  10. Interrogative Constructions
  11. Illocutionary Adverbs and Particles
  12. Topic-Comment and Focus

References
Index

$30.50
Date:
2000
Extent:
xiii, 407 pages
Subject:
Grammatical descriptions
ISBN 13:
978-1556710520
ISBN 10:
1556710526
Size:
6 × 9 × 0.86 in
Weight:
1.3 lb
Field:
Country:
Mexico
Subject Languages:
Content Language: