Expressing Location in Zapotec is a collection of papers on spatial language in the Zapotec language family, resulting from extensive and careful fieldwork, describing a wide range of issues relating to expressing location in Zapotec, exemplified by 19 Zapotec language varieties. This work should be of interest not only to scholars investigating Zapotec, Otomanguean, and Mesoamerican languages but also to scholars of spatial language, grammaticalization, typology, and cognitive linguistics.
This volume documents spatial language in the four major branches of Zapotec and covers a wide range of topics, including body part locatives, positional verbs, toponyms, existential constructions, and nominal modification. The volume is diverse, with papers from both established and young scholars, contributions by researchers from Mexico, the United States, and Europe, and with work informed by diverse methodologies and theoretical backgrounds.
Contents: Brook Danielle Lillehaugen & Aaron Huey Sonnenschein: Expressing Location in Zapotec: an Introduction - Christopher C. Adam: BP Nominal to Preposition Gramaticization in Dihidzh Bilyahb - Joseph Benton: The Grammaticalizacion of Body Part Terms in Two Varieties of Zapotec - Cheryl A. Black: Body Part Terms and their Uses in Quiegolani Zapotec - Kristine Jensen de López: The Syntactic and Semantic Status of Body Part Locatives in San Marcos Tlapazola Zapotec (Valley Zapotec) - Gabriela Pérez Báez: Semantics of Body Part Terms in Juchiteco Locative Descriptions - Michael Galant: Positional Verbs in San Juan Yaee Zapotec - Natalie Operstein: Semantic Classification of Positional Verbs in Zaniza Zapotec - Rosa Maria Rojas Torres: Los Verbos Posiciónales y Algunas Estructuras de Modificación y Predicación en el Zapoteco de Santa Ana del Valle - John Foreman: "Locative" Possessive Constructions in Macuiltianguis Zapotec - Ronald Newberg: Location as Subject in Yalálag Zapotec - Charles Speck: The Existential Use of Positional Verbs in Texmelucan Zapotec - Rosemary G. Beam de Azcona: Southern Zapotec Toponyms - Larry G. Lyman: Location and Position in Comaltepec Zapotec: Some Aspects of Comaltepec Zapotec Locative Adverbs, Demonstrative Adjectives, and Body Part Prepositions - Pamela Munro: Expressing Location without Prepositions in Valley Zapotec.