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Books: Lang Documentation/Endangered Lang/Lexicography/Anthro Ling: Beck

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        1.     Julia Ulrich , Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary: Beck

Message 1: Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary: Beck
Date: 28-Jul-2011
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary: Beck
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Title: Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary
Series Title: Trends in Linguistics. Documentation [TiLDOC] 28
Published: 2011
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
                http://www.degruyter.com/mouton

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110238228-1

Author: David Beck
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110238235 Pages: 861 Price: Europe EURO 249.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110238228 Pages: 861 Price: Europe EURO 249.00
Abstract:

The Upper Necaxa Totonac Dictionary represents to-date the most extensive
collection of lexical material for any member of the Totonac-Tepehua family
and the only such record for this previously-undescribed polysynthetic
language, currently spoken in two principal dialects by some 3,400 people,
mainly adults, in the Sierra Norte of Puebla State, Mexico.

As well as a short grammatical sketch, the dictionary comprises 9,000 lexical
entries, including numerous fixed expressions, idioms, and ideophones; each
lexical entry is accompanied by part-of-speech information and phonetic
transcriptions as well as, where appropriate, dialectal information,
grammatical notes (including plurals and classifiers for nouns), literal
morpheme-by-morpheme glosses, example sentences, and cross-references
to derived forms and semantically-related words. The accompanying DVD
includes additional illustrative sentences, audio recordings of headwords and
examples, and interlinear glosses for many of the sentences included in
lexical entries.

This book is the first Totonacan dictionary to be structured for the academic
linguist, with special attention paid to the morphological structure of words
and the organization of the Totonacan lexicon. Glosses are constructed so as
to reflect the underlying complement-structure of words, with careful
indication of the number of arguments required by particular lexical items, and
all verbs are classified by dynamicity and valency. This dictionary is of
interest to linguists working on American indigenous languages, as well as
those concerned with the structure of morphologically complex words and the
role of derivation in the lexicon of polysynthetic languages. It is also of use to
historical linguists and Mesoamericanists interested in the reconstruction of
the pre-Columbian history and ethnogeography of Mexico.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Language Documentation
                            Lexicography
                            Morphology
                            Semantics
                            Anthropological Linguistics
                            Endangered Languages
Language Family(ies): Totonac

Written In: English (eng )

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