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Message 1: Upper Necaxa Totonac: Beck

Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2004 17:08:43 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Upper Necaxa Totonac: Beck

Title: Upper Necaxa Totonac
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 429
Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Lincom GmbH,		 
Author: David Beck, University of Alberta 

Paperback: ISBN: 3895868213, Pages: 120, Price: EUR 41.50

Upper Necaxa Totonac is a member of the Totonac-Tepehua family of
languages spoken in East Central Mexico in the lowlands of Veracruz
and the adjacent mountainous regions of the states of Puebla and
Hidalgo. One of the smaller languages in the family, Upper Necaxa has
around 3,000 speakers, most of them in their forties or older, living
in three villages in the Necaxa River Valley in northern Puebla State,

Upper Necaxa Totonac is a morphologically complex language featuring
particularly rich inflectional marking on the verb. Active verb stems
are inflected for subject- and object-agreement, four aspects, and
three tenses, and the language has a wide-range of valency-altering
affixes that includes two causatives and four applicatives. The
language is also notable for its lack of prepositions and its use of
bodypart prefixes on verbs to form locative expression and to localize
the affected parts of event-participants, in many cases increasing the
basic valency of the stem.

David Beck is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at the University of
Alberta. He began work on Upper Necaxa Totonac in 1998 as a graduate
student at the University of Toronto, and is currently compiling a
trilingual (Totonac/English/Spanish) dictionary.

Table of Contents
Abbreviations and symbols 
0. Introduction 
1. Phonology 
1.1. Consonants
1.2. Vowels
1.3. Stress, tone, and prosody
1.4. Sound symbolism
2. Morphology
2.1. Noun
2.1.1. Number 
2.1.2. Possession
2.1.3. Pronouns Personal pronouns Determiners Interrogative and relative pronouns 
2.2. Modifiers: Adjectives, adverbs, and numerals 
2.2.1. Adjectives 
2.2.2. Adverbs and ideophones
2.2.3. Numerals and numeral classifiers 
2.3. Verb
2.3.1. Person-affixes Subject-markers Object-markers Indefinite actors 
2.3.2. Tense
2.3.3. Aspect Imperfective Perfective Perfect Progressive Stative verbs
2.3.4. Mood Optative Unrealized Counterfactual
2.3.5. Valency-altering affixes Causatives Applicatives Valency-reducers
2.3.6. Bodypart prefixes
2.3.7. Quasi-inflectional affixes
2.3.8. Derivation from verbs 
3. Syntax
3.1. Simple sentence 
3.1.1. Copular clauses 
3.1.2. Negation
3.1.3. Questions 
3.2. Complex sentences
3.2.1. Coordination 
3.2.2. Subordination Relative clauses Complement clauses Adverbial clauses 
4. Sample text: ´┐ŻEurooeThe story of a nagual´┐ŻEuro 

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