Ute Reference Grammar

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Ute is a Uto-Aztecan language of the northernmost (Numic) branch, currently spoken on three reservations in western Colorado and eastern Utah. Like many other native languages of Northern America, Ute is severely endangered. This book is part of the effort toward its preservation. Typologically, Ute offers a cluster of intriguing features, best viewed from the perspective of diachronic change and grammaticalization. The book presents a comprehensive synchronic description of grammatical structures and their communicative functions, as well as a diachronic account of a grammar in the midst of change. The book is the first of a 3-volume series which also includes a collection of oral texts and a dictionary. Ute speakers and tribal members may find in the present volume a step-by-step description of how words are combined into meaningful communication. Linguists may find a detailed account of one language, an account that is unabashedly informed by universals of grammar, communication and change.
[Culture and Language Use, 3]  2011.  xxiii, 441 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Table of contents
i–xvii
Preface
xix–xx
Foreword
xxi–xxii
Namu-máy-vaa-tu-
xxiii–xxiv
Chapter 1. Introduction
1–14
Chapter 2. Sound system and orthography
15–32
Chapter 3. Word classes and word structure
33–62
Chapter 4. Simple clauses: Verb types, participant roles, and grammatical relations
63–92
Chapter 5. The diachrony of Ute case-marking
93–116
Chapter 6. Tense, aspect, modality and negation
117–154
Chapter 7. Noun phrases-I: Referential coherence
155–192
Chapter 8. Noun phrases-II: Larger noun modifiers
193–212
Chapter 9. Verbal complements
213–230
Chapter 10. De-Transitive Voice
231–262
Chapter 11. The diachrony of Ute passives
263–272
Chapter 12. Relative clauses
273–292
Chapter 13. Contrastive focus and emphasis
293–302
Chapter 14. Non-declarative speech acts
303–334
Chapter 15. Possession
335–346
Chapter 16. Comparative constructions
347–356
Chapter 17. Adverbial clauses
357–388
Chapter 18. Clause chaining and discourse coherence
389–404
Chapter 19. Lexical derivation patterns
405–426
Chapter 20. Interjections
427–430
Bibliography
431–434
Index
435–444
“This is an impressive and extremely valuable piece of work, comprehensive and richly exemplified throughout. It will serve as the authoritative reference to the inner workings of a very interesting, complex, and highly endangered language. In combination with the promised republication of the Ute Dictionary and Ute Traditional Narratives, it will fill an important gap in the documentation of the world’s linguistic diversity.”
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Subjects
BIC Subject: CF/2JNN – Linguistics/Uto-Aztecan languages
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2010042475