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Chapter 4. Noun class and number in Kiowa-Tanoan: Comparative-historical research and respecting speakers' rights in fieldwork

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Title: Chapter 4. Noun class and number in Kiowa-Tanoan: Comparative-historical research and respecting speakers' rights in fieldwork
Authors: Sutton, Logan
Keywords: Kiowa-Tanoan
noun class
number
Pueblo
morphosemantic
Issue Date: May 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Sutton, Logan. 2010. Noun class and number in Kiowa-Tanoan: Comparative-historical research and respecting speakers' rights in fieldwork. In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 57-89. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication 2
Abstract: The Kiowa-Tanoan family is known to linguists by two characteristic features: a) a package of complex morphosyntactic structures that includes a typologically marked noun class and number marking system and b) the paucity of information available on the Tanoan languages due to cultural ideologies of secrecy. This paper explores both of these issues. It attempts to reconstruct the historical noun class-number system based on the diverging, yet obviously related, morphosemantic patterns found in each of the modern languages, a study that would be greatly benefited by fieldwork and the input of native speakers. At the same time, it reviews the language situation among the Kiowa-Tanoan-speaking communities and what some of the difficulties are in doing this kind of fieldwork in the Pueblo Southwest, touching on the myriad complex issues involving the control of information and the speech communities’ rights over their own languages as well as the outside linguist’s role in such a situation. The paper underscores these points by using only language data examples from previous field research that are already available to the public so as not to compromise native speakers’ sensitivity to new research on their languages.
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 33 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4451
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3530-9
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives Licence
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 2: Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas



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