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Title: Proceedings of SULA 4
Subtitle: Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas
Edited By: Amy Rose Deal
Series Title: University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers 35
Description:

This volume contains 20 papers on semantic issues in under-represented
languages of the Americas, ranging from the interpretation of noun phrases
(plurality, definiteness, temporal interpretation) and verb phrases
(pluractionality, argument structure, serialization) to clause- and
discourse-level phenomena of tense, aspect, modality, switch reference,
evidentiality and anaphora. Languages analyzed include American Sign
Language, Blackfoot, Brazilian Portuguese, Cuzco Quechua, Imbabura Quechua,
Juruna, Karitiana, Kiowa, Kotiria (Wanano), Kuikuro, Mebengokre, Mbyá,
Mocoví, Nez Perce, Oji-Cree, Skwxwú7mesh, St'át'imcets, Tupí-Guaraní, and
Waikhana (Piratapuyo).

This collection will interest scholars and students of semantics, typology,
variation, syntax and field methodology for under-documented languages.

Contents

Video as a tool for eliciting semantic distinctions / Leora Bar-el. A
unified modal semantics for 'out-of-control' marking in St'át'imcets /
Henry Davis, Lisa Matthewson and Hotze Rullman. Antipassive and indefinite
objects in Nez Perce / Amy Rose Deal. The "durative" in Blackfoot:
understanding imperfectivity / Joel Dunham. The Cuzco Quechua conjectural:
an illocutionary analysis / Martina Faller. A unified semantics for the
Quechua question and negation marker –chu / Carlos Fasola. Concepts and
forms of 'plurality' in Kuikuro (Southern Carib, Brazil) / Bruna
Franchetto, Mutua Mehinaku and Mara Santos. Plurality and distributivity in
Juruna: some considerations about verbal cumulativity / Suzi Oliveira de
Lima. Tense in Mocovi: the temporal property of DP / Hector Manni. The
argument structure of classifier predicates in American Sign Language /
Gaurav Mathur and Christian Rathmann. Non-canonical switch-reference and
situation semantics / Andrew McKenzie. The semantics of the free choice
item qualquer in Brazilian Portuguese / Roberta Pires de Oliveira. The form
and function of two futures in Blackfoot and St'át'imcets / Maria Amélia
Reis Silva and Jennifer Glougie. An instantaneous present tense in
Blackfoot / Maria Amélia Reis Silva and Lisa Matthewson. The building
blocks of aspectual interpretation / Andres Salanova. Grammatical encoding
of anaphoric relations in Tupi Guarani languages / Heloisa Salles. The
meaning of pluractionality in Karitiana / Luciana Sanchez-Mendes and Ana
Muller. In search of the event argument: a semantic analysis of the preverb
ishi- in Oji-Cree / Tanya Slavin. The semantics of serial verb
constructions in two Eastern Tukanoan languages: Kotiria (Wanano) and
Waikhana (Piratapuyo) / Kristine Stenzel. Quantification, completive aspect
and degree modification in Mbya / Guillaume Thomas.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Graduate Linguistic Students' Association, Umass
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Subject Language(s): American Sign Language
Siksika
Guaraní, Mbyá
Kiowa
Matsés
Mocoví
Nez Perce
Ojibwa, Severn
Portuguese
Quechua, Cusco
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1419679953
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 316
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