Chapter 10. Revisiting the source: Dependent verbs in Sierra Popoluca (Mixe-Zoquean)

dc.contributor.author Boudreault, Lynda en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-19T01:19:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-19T01:19:34Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05 en_US
dc.description.abstract Sierra Popoluca (SP) is a Mixe-Zoquean language, spoken by about 28,000 individuals in southern Veracruz, Mexico. The objectives of this paper are (1) to explore the structures of dependent verb constructions in SP and the contexts in which they occur and (2) to highlight the stages in which data is gathered and the interplay between text collection, elicitation, and analysis. SP is an ergative, polysynthetic, head-marking language. It has five dependent verb construction types. Early analyses suggested that dependent verbs were non-finite, nominalized forms. Further research indicated that the verbs are components in complex predicates that share inflection for aspect/mood, person, and number. Implicated in the analysis of these constructions are: the prosodic system; the alignment system, which is hierarchically driven with split ergativity; and the number system, also hierarchically driven. The teasing apart of the various grammatical features led to a multi-step process of analyzing and collecting data. By looking at a complex grammatical structure, this paper highlights the interdependency of corpus building, text analysis, and elicitation and the strategies used to negotiate between naturally occurring speech, in which data may be obscured by phonology, and elicited data, which frequently produces periphrastic constructions or alternative utterance types. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.format.extent 39 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Boudreault, Lynda. 2010. Revisiting the source: Dependent verbs in Sierra Popoluca (Mixe-Zoquean). In Andrea L. Berez, Jean Mulder, & Daisy Rosenblum (eds.), Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas, 223-261. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-8248-3530-9 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/4457
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries LD&C Special Publication 2 en_US
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License en_US
dc.subject dependent verb en_US
dc.subject Sierra Popoluca en_US
dc.subject Mixe-Zoquean en_US
dc.subject Mexico en_US
dc.subject corpus en_US
dc.subject text analysis en_US
dc.subject elicitation en_US
dc.title Chapter 10. Revisiting the source: Dependent verbs in Sierra Popoluca (Mixe-Zoquean) en_US
dc.type Book Chapter en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 261 en_US
prism.startingpage 223 en_US
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