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Thu Feb 19 2009

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        1.    Yuni Kim, Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of San Francisco del Mar Huave

Message 1: Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of San Francisco del Mar Huave
Date: 19-Feb-2009
From: Yuni Kim <yuni.kimmanchester.ac.uk>
Subject: Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of San Francisco del Mar Huave
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Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Yuni Kim

Dissertation Title: Topics in the Phonology and Morphology of San Francisco del Mar Huave

Dissertation URL: http://personalpages.manchester.ac.uk/staff/yuni.kim/papers.html

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Huave, San Francisco del Mar (hue)

Dissertation Director:
Sharon Inkelas

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation is a study of the phonology and morphology of Huave
(language isolate), based on the author's fieldwork on the endangered
variety of San Francisco del Mar, Oaxaca.

Chapter 1 (Introduction) gives a typological overview and briefly describes
the sociolinguistic situation. Chapter 2 (Phonology) discusses all
phonological patterns and phenomena encountered to date, including the
distribution and realization of the plain vs. palatalized contrast on
consonants; fusion, dissimilation, and deletion processes associated with
glottal fricatives; glide-vowel alternations; and loanword phonology.
Chapter 3 (Diphthongization) proposes a unified analysis of various
diphthongization processes and relates them to the realization of
palatalization, while also elaborating on the subsegmental representations
of vowels and consonants. In Chapter 4 (Vowel Harmony), 'sour grapes'
patterns of copy and blocking in the vowel harmony system are analyzed
using Agreement by Correspondence (Hansson 2001, Rose and Walker 2004),
which is argued to be superior to an autosegmental spreading approach.

Chapter 5 (Morphological Overview) gives an overview of word classes and
basic morphological structure, highlighting areas where morphological and
syntactic criteria for word class membership do not coincide. Function
words, including a complex system of articles and demonstratives, are also
presented briefly. Chapter 6 (Verbal Morphology) describes verbal person
and number inflection, tense/aspect categories and nonfinite verb forms,
morphophonological derivation processes, and a diverse array of
valence-changing operations. Throughout, differences in the behavior of
transitive and intransitive verbs are contrasted with split-intransitivity
effects in stem formation. Finally, Chapter 7 (Mobile Affixes and Affix
Order) analyzes verbal affix ordering, which is complicated by 'mobile
affixes' (Noyer 1993) that surface as prefixes or suffixes depending on
context. The abstract hierarchical structure of the verb is worked out, and
the linear placement of mobile affixes within these hierarchical
constraints is argued to be phonologically conditioned.

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