LINGUIST List 10.782

Thu May 20 1999

Books: American Indian Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Tol (Jicaque)
  2. LINCOM EUROPA, Aspects of Tsishaath Nootka Phonetics & Phonology

Message 1: Tol (Jicaque)

Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 21:46:06 +0200
Subject: Tol (Jicaque)

Denis Holt, Quinnipiac College

The Tol language (also known as Jicaque), long considered a member of
the far-flung Hokan phylum, is spoken by 250-300 speakers in north
central Honduras.
	Tol is quite complex in terms of both phonology and inflectional
morphology. However, there is very little in the way of productive
derivational morphology. There are 22 consonant and 6 vowel phonemes in
Tol, as well as one suprasegmental phoneme of stress. There is a
three-way contrast among stop consonants (plain, aspirated, and
glottalized), which is partially neutralized in syllable-final
position. There is also a pervasive system of vowel-harmony governed by
vowel height. Morphological processes include vocalic ablaut and
apocope, prefixation, infixation, and suffixation, as well as shift of
stress, and these are associated with an extensive set of morphophonemic
variations, especially within the verbs. In addition to the lexical
stem, verb-forms in Tol are marked only for subject and tense. Tol
tense- and aspect-systems seem to be quite rudimentary: only present,
past, and future have been recognized by most researchers. Basic
sentence word-order is Subject-Object-Verb, but when a pronominal
subject is involved the usual order is Object-Verb-Subject.
Many nouns have variant forms as subject and as object. There is a
separate category of adjectives, which follow their associated nouns.
There is also a large set of postnominal particles which specify
case-relationships and express locational notions.
	Dennis Holt is assistant professor in the Department of Foreign
Languages at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven,
Connecticut (USA). He is also Secretary-Treasurer of the Endangered
Language Fund. His research on Native American languages has primarily
focussed on Honduras, where he has also done extensive work on the Pech

ISBN 3 89586 277 0. 
Languages of the World/Materials 170. 
Ca. 60pp. USD 31 / DM 49.30 / \163 18.20.

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Message 2: Aspects of Tsishaath Nootka Phonetics & Phonology

Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 21:52:39 +0200
Subject: Aspects of Tsishaath Nootka Phonetics & Phonology

John Stonham, University of Hongkong

This book provides a characterisation of the sound system of the
Tsishaath Nootka language as spoken in the vicinity of Port Alberni,
British Columbia, Canada. As such, it is the first book to provide a
detailed description of the phonetic and phonological systems of any
member of the Wakashan family of languages.
	The book has been written with several groups of readers in mind. For
those interested in issues of phonological theory, Tsishaath Nootka
provides much of interest including the nature of variable-length
vowels, the processes of glottalisation and lenition, the transformation
of sounds encountered in special speech forms, the rules for stress
placement, the status of the foot, and various types of coalescence and
deletion. For comparative linguists and typologists in particular, the
book offers a useful description of a little studied language and
language family. Finally, it provides teachers and students of
linguistics with a richness of data for discussion in classes on
phonetics and phonology, following a progression in the exposition
similar to that followed in the field in analysing the sound system of
an unknown language. 
	John Stonham's previous research in this area includes his book,
Combinatorial Morphology, and both theoretical and descriptive papers on
Nootka and the closely related Ditidaht. John Stonham is currently
Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong.

ISBN 3 89586 577 X. 
LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 32. 
160 pp. USD 46 / DM 68 / \163 26. 

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