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Name: James  K. Watters
Institution: SIL International
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State and/or Country: AZ
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Specialty: Totonac-Tepehua; morphosyntax
Subject Language(s): Tepehua, Pisaflores
Tepehua, Tlachichilco
Language Family(ies): Totonacan
Selected Publications: 1996 Frames and the semantics of applicatives in Tepehua. In Eugene H. Casad (ed.), Cognitive linguistics in the Redwoods: The expansion of a new paradigm in linguistics, 971-96. Cognitive Linguistics Research 6. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
1996 The interpretation of deverbal nouns in Tepehua. In Masayoshi Shibatani; Sandra A. Thompson (eds.), Grammatical constructions: Their form and meaning, 323-39. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
1998 (with Bruce E. Hollenbach) 'Study guide on pragmatics and discourse.' Notes on Translation12(1): 13-35. [Also in Translator's Workplace 4.0 CD]
2000 Contrastive discourse pragmatics and translation: with implications for training. The Bible Translator. January, 2000.
2009. 'Tepehua verb morphology, operator scope, and the encoding of arguments.' In Guerrero, Lilián, et al, eds., Studies in role and reference grammar. Mexico:UNAM., p. 247-268.
2010 Review of The Oxford handbook of comparative syntax
Edited by Gigielmo Cinque and Richard S. Kayne
Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.
2011 with Brown, Cecil H., David Beck, Grzegorz Kondrak, and Søren Wichmann. Totozoquean. International Journal of American Linguistics 77, 323–372.
2011 (with M. Toulmin, D. Phillips, V. Phillips) “Understanding the target language and culture” Unit 5 of Diploma in Bible Translation. Serampore College and SIL International. (primary drafter of sections on phonetics, phonology, orthography, lexical semantics, morphosyntax and discourse)
Courses Taught: Field methods
Adv. Phonology
Syntax and semantics
Intro to morphosyntax

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