LINGUIST List 10.946

Fri Jun 18 1999

Books: Amerindian Linguistics

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  1. LINCOM EUROPA, Amerindian ling: Linguistic Acculturation in Mopan Maya

Message 1: Amerindian ling: Linguistic Acculturation in Mopan Maya

Date: Thu, 17 Jun 1999 10:35:21 +0200
Subject: Amerindian ling: Linguistic Acculturation in Mopan Maya

A study of language change in Belizean Mopan due to Spanish and English
culture and language contact 

Lieve Verbeeck

Mopan is a language of the Yucatecan Maya family, spoken by about 10 000
people in the Eastern Pet\233n, Guatemala, and Southern Belize. This study
focusses at the native language of the 3 000 Belizean Mopan speakers,
who, after 2 centuries of contact with the Spanish language and culture,
are experiencing now, as fourth generation immigrants a second contact
stage with Belizean Creole English. Belizean Mopan is unusual among the
Mayan languages in displaying only slight structural Spanish
interferences. The systematic study of Mopan lexicon reveals that
Spanish influence has not penetrated in an equal measure the various
domains of importance to Mopan society. The persistence of the native
lexicon related to the studied domains gives an indication of continuity
in various aspects of traditional Mopan culture.
	In the section on phonological interferences a significant finding
concerns a sound change in exclusively Spanish loanwords, which
indicates that Mopan speakers possess some unconscious awareness of the
foreign status of part of their lexicon. A large portion of the research
was devoted to the question of how Mopan speakers incorporated the
different borrowed parts of speech into the Mopan linguistic structure.
Among the interesting characteristics of the grammatical interference
analysis are the neutral status of nouns, the incorporation of loanverbs
into an agentive subclass of the intransitive verb category, the native
character of comparative constructions, the doublet constructions in the
use of discourse markers.

ISBN 3 89586 103 0. 
LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 05. 
Ca. 120 pp. USD 39 / DM 58 / pound sterling 27. 2nd printing June 1999.

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