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  • Motion, Transfer and Transformationby Loretta O?Connor

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 165.00

    Typologies are critical tools for linguists, but typologies, like grammars, are known to leak. This book addresses the question of typological overlap from the perspective of a single language. In Lowland Chontal of Oaxaca, a language of southern Mexico, change events are expressed with three types of predicates, and each predicate type corresponds... more...

  • Experiential Constructions in Yucatec Mayaby Elisabeth Verhoeven

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2007; US$ 180.00

    This book combines a fieldwork-based language-specific analysis with a typological investigation. It offers a detailed and comprehensive analysis of the form and semantics of experiencer constructions in Yucatec, the Mayan language of the Yucatecan peninsula in Mexico. Since the linguistic expression of experience is not restricted to a specific grammatical... more...

  • From Space to Timeby Eugene H. Casad; Klaus-Uwe Panther; Linda L. Thornburg

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2012; US$ 143.00

    Since Cora is a language on the verge of extinction, this research monograph is undoubtedly the last chance of reading a thorough analysis of the emergence of its grammaticalized locative forms, coupled with a comprehensive account of the extensions from the locative domain to the domain of time. Having spent many years doing fieldwork among Cora speakers,... more...

  • The Correct Language, Tojolabalby Louanna Furbee-Losee

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 130.00

    Definitions of language cluster around two non-contradictory views: one that language is a shared code, a social entity, and the other that language is the knowledge that enables a native speaker to produce and understand speech. In examining the language and culture of the Tojolabal (Mayan) Indians of Mexico, this book argues that language is a cognitive... more...

  • Rabinal Achiby Dennis Tedlock

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 18.99

    Tedlock presents the first direct translation from Quiche Maya to English of "Rabinal Achi". The significance of the play is great to scholars and to lay persons as a partial history, by Mayans, of their culture, and as a revelation of the ancient ritual and beliefs toward the nature of sacrifice. more...

  • Remnant Raising and VSO Clausal Architecture by Felicia Lee

    Springer 2006; US$ 69.95

    San Lucas Quiavini Zapotec, an endangered and little-examined indigenous language of Mexico, shows a range of syntactic and morphological phenomena incompatible with standard Minimalist accounts of verb movement. This work proposes a VP-remnant raising account for these phenomena, motivated by Kayne's (1992) Antisymmetry program. more...

  • Morphology at the Interfacesby Jason D. Haugen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2008; US$ 165.00

    This monograph addresses morphology and its interfaces with phonology and syntax by examining comparative data from the Uto-Aztecan language family, and analyses involving reduplication as well as noun incorporation and related derivational morphology are provided within the framework of Distributed Morphology. Reduplication is treated by analyzing... more...

  • Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionaryby David Beck

    De Gruyter 2011; US$ 363.00

    The Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary documents a previously undescribed Totonac-Tepehua language of Mexico. Comprising 9,000 entries, it includes part-of-speech information, phonetic transcriptions, grammatical notes, literal morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, illustrative sentences, and cross-references to derived forms, as well as a short grammatical sketch... more...

  • Mexican Indigenous Languages at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Centuryby Margarita Hidalgo

    De Gruyter 2006; US$ 182.00

    This book provides a valuable insight into the past and present situation of Mexican indigenous languages (MIL). It delves into the dynamics of power that emerged in the Mexican colony as a result of the presence of Spanish, today the dominant language in all public domains. After almost five hundred years, the imbalance of power-sharing functions... more...

  • Relatively Speakingby Eve Danziger

    Oxford University Press, USA 2001; US$ 101.99

    Based upon 14 months of ethnographic fieldwork among the Mopan Maya in Belize, Eve Danziger examines the semantic complexity of particular kinship terms used among Mopan women and children and shows that a culture-specific analysis of their terms is superior to other non-ethnographically-based methods. In doing so she contributes not only to theoretical... more...