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Title: A Descriptive Grammar of San Bartolomé Zoogocho Zapotec
Written By: Aaron Huey Sonnenschein
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 451
Description:

In this grammar, the author provides a grammatical description of San
Bartolomé Zoogocho Zapotec, an endangered Otomanguean language. The initial
six chapters provide a description of the major grammatical features of the
language, while the final two examine two major issues in the description
of this and other Zapotecan languages: parts-of-speech and word order.

The first six chapters provide descriptions of the ethnographic and
sociolinguistic situations of the language, the sounds of the language, the
pronominal system, the morphology, and the syntax of the language. San
Bartolomé Zoogocho Zapotec is a tonal language that can be complex
phonologically. It is a prototypical VSO language having prepositions,
NAdj, NDem, NGen, and NRel orders. Various means of combining clauses
exist, including complementation, coordination, and relativization.

Chapter Seven is an examination of the lexical classes present in San
Bartolomé Zoogocho Zapotec. Much of the discussion is devoted to the
grammaticalization of relational nouns, a topic that has received a great
deal of discussion in the literature of Zapotecan and Otomanguean
languages. In Chapter Eight, verb initial word order is examined, and a
study of word order in San Bartolomé Zoogocho Zapotec texts is compared
with other textual studies of word order in verb initial languages.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Zapotec, Zoogocho
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895868035
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 260
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