Pattern of Primary Personal Reference in a Tzeltal Community

Duane G. Metzger, Gerald E. Williams

Resumen


A set of speeh events is isolated from a set of a Tzetzal conventional texts. These speech events share the common characteristic of referring to one or more persons other than the speajer or the listener(s) participating in the conversation.

A partial grammatical description of these speech events is developed, incluiding a syntax stated in terms of a set of rules for the analysis of non.minimal instances of reference.

A semantic analysis phrased in terms of differentiating attributes is offered which relates directly to the morphological and syntactic propierties of the units established, as well as to specifiable elicting procedures regularly used by anthropologist in establishing dimensions of contrats among socially recognized role categories. In the process there emerges a forma delimitation of Aguatemaco Tzetzal kinship terminology a delimitation which is prior to and not dependant upon semantic criteria.

Some “performance correlates” are described which can be associated whit the differential presence or absence of some of established attributes and hence whit referential usage.


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Tzeltal Community

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19130/iifl.ecm.1967.6.297

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