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Chapter 6. Multiple Functions, multiple techniques: The role of methodology in a study of Zapotec determiners

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Title: Chapter 6. Multiple Functions, multiple techniques: The role of methodology in a study of Zapotec determiners
Authors: Fenton, Donna
Keywords: determiner
Zapotec
Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec
Mexico
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Issue Date: May 2010
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Fenton, Donna. 2010. Multiple Functions, multiple techniques: The role of methodology in a study of Zapotec determiners. In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 125-145. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press.
Series/Report no.: LD&C Special Publication 2
Abstract: Field linguists use a combination of techniques to compile a grammatical description, starting with various types of targeted elicitation and followed by the study of more natural speech in the form of recorded texts. These usual techniques were employed in my work on Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec, an Oto-Manguean language spoken in Mexico, but in an unusual order, with texts, mainly folk tales and life histories told by community elders, being collected and analyzed first due to the priorities of the documentation project I was a part of. This paper examines the role that methodology played in the investigation into one small area of the grammar, a set of noun phrase-final determiner clitics. These clitics make both spatial and temporal distinctions, raising theoretical questions regarding the role of a temporal marker in the NP. At the same time, it brought to light some interesting issues surrounding methodology in fieldwork: how does the method of collection affect the type of data gathered, and does the order in which different methodologies are employed affect the final outcome?
Sponsor: National Foreign Language Resource Center
Pages/Duration: 21 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4453
ISBN: 978-0-8248-3530-9
Rights: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
Appears in Collections:LD&C Special Publication No. 2: Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas



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