A Grammar of Chiapas Zoque

Hardcover | May 19, 2012

byJan Terje Faarlund

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This book provides a clear and comprehensive description of the Ocotepec/Tapalapa variant of Chiapas Zoque. Zoque is one of the two major branches of the Mixe-Zoquean language family, spoken in the southern part of Mexico. Until the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century the Mixe-Zoqueanlanguages covered a large area from Veracruz on the Gulf coast to the border of Guatemala and the Pacific coast. Inscriptions in Zoque from the first half of the first millennium AD are the oldest known linguistic documents in Mesoamerica.The Zoquean area once included the entire heartland of theOlmecs, who almost certainly spoke a proto-Zoquean or proto-Mixe-Zoquean language. The Zoques are thus the most likely direct descendents of the oldest known civilization of Mexico. As a result of a long history of close contact, Zoque and Mayan share areal features, and there are lexical borrowingsin both directions, but genetically and typologically they are clearly distinct. The Zoque-speaking area has shrunk considerably since pre-colonial times. In 1982 an eruption from the volcano Chichonal destroyed a central part of the Zoque core area and caused a mass migration of Zoque speakers toparts of Mexico where Spanish is the dominant language. This record of an unusual and critically endangered language will be a vital resource for linguists of all theoretical persuasions.

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This book provides a clear and comprehensive description of the Ocotepec/Tapalapa variant of Chiapas Zoque. Zoque is one of the two major branches of the Mixe-Zoquean language family, spoken in the southern part of Mexico. Until the Spanish conquest in the sixteenth century the Mixe-Zoqueanlanguages covered a large area from Veracruz o...

Jan Terje Faarlund is Professor of Linguistics and coordinator of research at the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature, University of Oslo. Before this he was Professor of Linguistics and Norwegian Studies at the University of Chicago, where he remains a research associate. His research interests and publications are mainly in the fi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:May 19, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. The Zoque Language2. Phonology3. Morphological Processes4. The Noun5. Determiners and Modifiers6. Pronouns7. The Verb8. The Sentence9. SubordinationBibliography