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Title: Aperçu grammatical du totonaque de Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexique
Written By: Duna Troiani
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 49

Aperçu grammatical du totonaque de Huehuetla, Puebla, Mexique
Duna Troiani

Le totonaque est surtout étudié sous sa variante dialectale de Papantla, Veracruz. On présente ici une autre variante, celle de Huehuetla dans la Sierra de Puebla.
L'introduction situe l'environnement dans lequel s'est déroulée l'enquête. Après avoir examiné la phonologie, et la prédication nominale et adjectivale, l'essentiel de l'ouvrage se centre sur la morphologie verbale et les catégories qu'elle exprime : aspect-temps, diathèse et variations d'actance. Le totonaque est une langue non-casuelle et indiciante qui marque systématiquement les variations d'actance telles que la forme applicative, causative,… et permet l'intégration actancielle des relations sociative, instrumentale et locative. Les phénomènes d'augmentation et de réduction des participants à l'action sont remarquablement réguliers en totonaque. Un des traits typologiques des plus particuliers se trouve dans les relations actancielles intra-verbales : ce n'est pas la hiérarchie fonctionnelle qui prime dans la distribution des actants sur le plan syntagmatique, mais la hiérarchie personnelle. L'ouvrage se termine par un corpus de récits, présentés avec leur transcription morphologique, leur traduction littérale espagnole et la traduction française.

ISBN 3 89586 288 6. LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 49. 200pp. EUR 60.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Typology
Subject Language(s): Totonac, Highland
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895862886
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Pages: 200
Prices: EUR 60