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Sat Jun 26 2010

Books: Historical Linguistics: Sachse

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        1.    Mariëtte Bonenkamp, Reconstructive Description of Eighteenth-century Xinka Grammar: Sachse

Message 1: Reconstructive Description of Eighteenth-century Xinka Grammar: Sachse
Date: 15-Jun-2010
From: Mariëtte Bonenkamp <lotuu.nl>
Subject: Reconstructive Description of Eighteenth-century Xinka Grammar: Sachse
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Title: Reconstructive Description of Eighteenth-century Xinka Grammar
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series
Published: 2010
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
                http://www.lotpublications.nl/

Author: Frauke Sachse
Paperback: ISBN: 9789460930294 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 69.03
Abstract:

This dissertation presents a comprehensive description of Xinka based on
the missionary grammar Arte de la lengua szinca that was written by the
priest Manuel Maldonado de Matos around 1773. Xinka is an isolate family of
today mostly extinct, closely related languages in southeastern Guatemala.
The Arte de la lengua szinca is the earliest source on Xinka grammar that is
otherwise not well documented or described. The analysis of the late colonial
grammar draws on comparative data, including (a) primary data that were
documented by the author with the last Xinka-speakers in Guazacapán,
Santa Rosa, Guatemala between 2000-03, and (b) further secondary linguistic
data of Xinkan languages from the towns of Guazacapán, Chiquimulilla,
Yupiltepeque, Jumaytepeque, Sinacantán and Jutiapa. The text addresses
the methodological implications of describing colonial Xinka grammar based
on such a heterogeneous corpus of diachronic and regionally diverse data.
Besides the linguistic description, the dissertation contains information about
the cultural context of the language as well as about the colonial document
and the corpus of linguistic data. The appendix includes a concordance of the
linguistic data from the colonial grammar and a dictionary of the lexical
entries.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Xinca (xin)

Written In: English (eng )

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