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LINGUIST List 19.2155

Sun Jul 06 2008

Diss: Lang Documentation/Semantics: Muehlbauer: 'kâ-yôskâtahk ôma ...'

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Message 1: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of intentionality in Plains Cree
Date: 05-Jul-2008
From: Jeff Muehlbauer <jefmuehlinterchange.ubc.ca>
Subject: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of intentionality in Plains Cree
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Institution: University of British Columbia
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Jeff Muehlbauer

Dissertation Title: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of intentionality in Plains Cree

Dissertation URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/940

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Language Documentation
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics

Subject Language(s): Cree, Plains (crk)

Dissertation Director:
Guy Carden
H.C. Wolfart
Rose-Marie Déchaine
Hotze Rullmann

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis considers the reference system of Plains Cree, an Algonquian
language spoken in Canada. I argue that the referential system of this
language can be understood as coding distinctions in extentionality; it
distinguishes between referents that possess perspectives ('intentional')
and referents that do not ('extentional'). With respect to perspectival
possession, Plains Cree distinguishes four referential classes: (i)
inherently extentional 'Inanimate' referents, (ii) contextually extentional
'Obviative' referents, (iii) contextually intentional 'Proximate'
referents, and (iv) unspecified 'Animate' referents. I then show that the
referential class 'Obviative' is decompositional; it is constructed out of
components that code referential dependency, which is the confluence of
structural ordering and perspectival embedding. Finally, I consider the
methodological issues raised by the study of referential types, showing how
different data-collection methods interact with the semantics of
perspectival possession.



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