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American Indian Languages Cultural and Social Contexts

ISBN-10: 0816521395
ISBN-13: 9780816521395
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Book details

Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 7/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Preface
Overview
Languages and Their Status
Popular Misconceptions
Diversity
"Primitive" Languages
Speech, Writing, and Nonliterate Societies
Population and Language Diversity
Language Vitality
Language and Government Policy
Literacy and Language Maintenance
Sources
Suggested Readings
Languages and Structures
Languages and Structures
Sound Systems
Grammatical Systems
Possession: Example from Acoma
Gender: Example from Plains Cree
Number: Example from Shasta
Person Reference: Examples from Aztec and Shoshoni
Classifying Verbs: Examples from the Apachean Languages
Evidentials: Examples from the Andes
Sound Symbolism in California Languages
Fundamentals of Language Expression
Common Grammatical Features
Tense and Aspect Marking
Case Marking
Other Grammatical Features
Inclusive-exclusive Distinction
Number
Reduplication
Suppletion
Location-direction Affixation
Instrumental Prefixes
Noun-object Incorporation
Sources
Suggested Readings
Languages and Cultural Domains
Languages and Cultural Domains
Cultural Domain and Plant Taxonomy: Kashaya Pomo
Cultural Domain and Geographic Orientation
Guarijio Directionals
Other Directional Systems
Cultural Domain and Geographic Orientation
Chumash Placenames
Other Placenames
Languages and Social Space: Shoshoni Deixis
Language and Counting Systems
The Aztec Vigesimal System
Other Counting Systems
California Counting Systems
Counting Systems in the Americas
Classificatory Systems and World View: Numeral Classifiers in Northwest California Languages
Worldview and the Hopi
Worldview, Classificatory Systems, and Navajo
The Cultural Uses of Taxonomies: The Slave Classification of Ice
Language, Cognition, and Culture
Sources
Suggested Readings
Languages and Social Domains
Languages and Social Organization
Language Communities in the Great Basin
Social Groupings
Linguistic Enculturation
Fashions of Speaking and Cultural Focus
Fashions of Speaking and Social Category
Multilingualism and Multidialectalism
Linguistic Awareness and Attitudes
Language Communities in the Pueblos
Social Groupings
Linguistic Enculturation
Fashions of Speaking and Cultural Focus
Fashions of Speaking and Social Category
Multilingualism and Multidialectalism
Linguistic Awareness and Attitudes
Language Communities of the Creek Confederacy
Bilingualism
Fashions of Speaking
Linguistic Awareness and Attitudes
Language Communities of the Aztec Empire
Social Groupings
Education and the Verbal Arts
Fashions of Speaking and the Verbal Arts
Oratory and Moral Instruction
Poetry
Historical Chronicles
Doublets and Metaphors
The Place of Writing
The Place of Nahuatl in Mesoamerica
Markets, Traders, and Artisans
Speech Community, the Social Group, and Culture
Society, Language Boundaries, and Linguistic Diversity
Culture, Belief Systems, and Language
Limiting Factors
American Indian Speech Communities Today
Sources
Suggested Readings
Performers and Performances
California Storytellers and Storytelling
A Conversation with a California Storyteller
Bungling Host, Benevolent Host: A Chinook Narrative
An Old Lady's Lament: A Havasupai Song
Male Shooting Chant Evil-chasing: A Navajo Prayer
The Language of Three Kuna Performance Types
Performances and Cross-cultural Comparison
Prose, Poetry, and Playwriting
Sources
Suggested Readings
Fashions of Speaking
Speech and Social Category: Respect Speech among the Aztec and Guarijio
Aztec Reverential
Guarijio Speaking for Two
Respect Speech
Speech and Social Category: Men's and Women's Speech in Yana
Baby Talk in Cocopa
Expressive Speech: Swearing, Speech Play, and Word Taboo
Diminutive, Augmentative, and Expressive Speech in the Northwest Coast
Form and Function
Sources
Suggested Readings
Nonverbal Communication
Silence: The Western Apache
Kickapoo and Mazatec Whistle Speech
Kickapoo Whistle Speech
Mazatec Whistle Speech
Plains Sign Language
The System
Origin, Use, and Function
Direct-signaling Systems and Their Communicative Purposes
Long Distance Systems
Picture "Writing"
Wampum
Totem Carvings
Quipus
Sources
Suggested Readings
The Written Word
Mesoamerican Writing
The Mayan Hieroglyphic System
Aztec Writing
The Use of Writing in Mesoamerica
The Invention of the Cherokee Syllabary
The Use of the Cherokee Syllabary
The Cree Syllabary
Other Post-Columbian Writing Traditions
Writing and Its Uses
Sources
Suggested Readings
Languages in Contact
Multilingualism
The Vaupes
California
Marriage
Ritual Alliances
Trade
The Inca Empire
Paraguay
Navajo Code Talkers
Sources
Suggested Readings
Lingua Francas
Pidgins and Creoles
Chinook Jargon
Other American Indian Pidgins
Mobilian
Other Pidgins
The Vaupes: Lingua Francas
Sources
Suggested Readings
Language Contact
Loanwords in Huasteca Nahuatl
Lake Miwok: A Case of Borrowing and Structural Change
Lexical Acculturation in a Colonial Setting
Mountain Pima
Comanche
Semantic Extension in Western Apache
A Shift to the Colonial Languages
Mitchif: A Special Case
Changes in the Americas' Colonial Languages
American English
Mexican Spanish
Andean Spanish
Language Contact and Bilingualism
Sources
Suggested Readings
Languages in Time and Space
Languages and Shared Histories
The Cree Dialects
Characteristic Features
Dialect Differences
The Uto-Aztecan Family
Cognates and Regular Sound Correspondences
Loanwords
Internal Classification
Time Depth, Dating, and Glottochronology
The Possession of "Pet": An Areal Trait in the Southwest
A Linguistic Area: Mesoamerica
Sound Symbolism: A Diffusional Trait of the Pacific Coast
California: Language Families and Diffusional Areas
Genetic Units
Hokan
Penutian
Other Genetic Units
Diffusion of Linguistic Traits
Front and Back [t], a Diffused Phonetic Trait
Other Diffused Phonetic Traits
Number Systems
Discovering Remote Relationships
Algic
Macro-Siouan
History of Classification
Sources
Suggested Readings
The Use of Language as a Tool for Prehistory
Navajo Etymologies, and Reconstructed Vocabulary
The Algonquian Homeland
The Numic Homeland
Early Spanish and Aztec Loans in Northwest Mexico
Nonlinguistic Information Gleaned from Linguistic Evidence
Establishing the Direction of Borrowing
California Revisited
Distribution and Diversity
"The Case of the Broken Bottle"
Sources
Suggested Readings
Spread and Distribution of Language Families
Eastern North America
Western North America
Middle America
South America
The Highlands
The Lowlands
The Southern Cone
Sources
Suggested Reading
Phonetic Symbols and Their Meaning
Consonants
Voicing
Place of Articulation
Other Consonantal Distinctions: Glottalization, Aspiration, and Length
Vowels
Additional Comments
A List of Language Families of North America
Alphabetical Guide to the List
Language Families of North America
Bibliography
Index

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