By by Susan Smythe Kung.

This dissertation is a accomplished description of the grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua (HT), that's a member of the Totonacan language relatives. HT is spoken by means of fewer than 1500 humans in and round the city of Huehuetla, Hidalgo, within the jap Sierra Madre mountains of the valuable Gulf Coast quarter of Mexico. This grammar starts with an advent to the language, its language family members, and its atmosphere, in addition to a  Read more...

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However, the most obvious omission from this grammar is an analysis of HT discourse. Because of time constraints, I have chosen not to include a chapter dedicated to discourse. However, if one reads the other chapters closely, s/he will find bits of information about the discourse dispersed throughout the grammar. 2) in the phonemic inventory of Huehuetla Tepehua. 3—to write HT. In subsequent chapters, I use only the practical orthography. 1 Consonants There are twenty-one native HT consonant phonemes.

0 (the DOS version that was still used by the PDLMA) to database the collected data and to interlinearize the texts, and I used Speech Analyzer (version unknown) to make spectrograms in the field. In addition to audio-recording narratives, texts, and conversation, I video recorded the events of several of the town’s major holidays, including Candlemas (Candelaria) and Mardi Gras (Carnaval). The data from my time in Huehuetla include 53 transcribed and translated texts that vary in length from one to sixty 18 minutes and that fill over 800 notebook pages; seven untranscribed narrative recordings; approximately 700 pages of notes from grammatical and lexical elicitation sessions; 16 hours of audio recordings; and 12 hours of video recordings.

Where I use to represent the velar phoneme, Herzog uses and (1974, no date). Where I use , they use (Herzog 1974, no date) and (Bower 1948). Choosing a way to represent the HT vowels in my practical orthography was less problematic since there are only five that are qualitatively distinct: /i, e, a, o, u/. I chose to represent vowel length by doubling the vowel character—as in xkaan ‘water’—rather than by following the vowel with a colon—as in xka:n. This was a purely aesthetic decision on my part, based first on my principal consultant’s dislike for the vowel-colon combination and secondly on my own tendency to read a colon as in when reading Tepehua words that were handwritten.

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