Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Examination and Reanalysis of Select ‘Particles’ in Pahka’anil
by Lycan, Bethany, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2020, 146; 27836727
Abstract (Summary)

The following work is a syntactic analysis of the ‘particle’ word class in the Pahka’anil (Tübatulabal) language, a Uto-Aztecan language that is being revitalized by the Pakanapul tribe of the Kern River Valley in California. This work is based on the documentation done by Charles Voegelin in the 1930s. In his Tübatulabal Grammar, Voegelin identifies three word classes: nouns, verbs, and particles. The particle word class is defined as everything that is not a noun and not a verb; this category is problematic because it unites words that are performing separate jobs in the language. This work aims to disambiguate this category through the examination and reanalysis of a random selection of words from the particle class based on their function and distribution in a collection of Pahka’anil texts. The examination of a portion of the particle word class found that these forms can be reanalyzed as noun phrases, noun and verb phrase modifiers, and quotative and evidential markers. This work demonstrates the need for further reanalysis of the ‘particle’ word class and contributes to the overall understanding of the Pahka’anil language.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ahland, Michael
Commitee: Ahland, Colleen, Hall, Nancy
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Linguistics
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 82/4(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Linguistics, Language arts, Foreign language education, Native American studies
Keywords: Pahka’anil language, Uto-Aztecan language, Kern River Valley, California, Particle word class, Central America, Charles Voegelin , Tübatulabal Grammar
Publication Number: 27836727
ISBN: 9798684675249
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