A Practical Grammar of the Central Alaskan Yup'ik Eskimo by Steven A. Jacobson

By Steven A. Jacobson

The local language of Eskimo those who stay within the coastal and inland areas of the decrease Yukon, Kuskokwim, and Bristol Bay parts of Southwestern Alaska is gifted during this grammar of important Yup'ik. Written in a transparent, concise, and readable kind, this quantity is not just a entire textbook for college students, but additionally a whole reference advisor. It takes the coed from starting classes to a complicated grammatical point. it's applicable for the school and highschool degrees, and for self examine.

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E. is not functionally determined. 2. Assignment of New Focus In this section, I shall examine the procedure for assigning the function New Focus (N-Foc). I shall consider two types of sentence: M-interrogatives (corresponding to English 'wA-questions'), M being an abbreviation for such Arabic interrogative pronouns as man 'who', mädä 'what', mata 'when'; and declarative sentences containing a constituent to which New Focus has been assigned. a and containing a Focused constituent (cf. 3. 1. M-interrogatives I shall follow Dik's (1978, 1980a) proposals concerning the formation of wÄ-questions; I shall specify, however, that the function assigned to the questioned term is New Focus.

1. Principles of case marking in FG In FG, the form of terms (case-marking, adpositions) is functionally determined: the form in which each term of the predication is reaHzed is determined by its semantic, syntactic and pragmatic function. g. e. I liked Zayd's behaviour' (iii) If a term has not only a semantic but also a syntactic function (Subject or Object), the semantic function is 'masked' by the realization of the syntactic function (in accordance with the principle" that the case-marking of a term cannot be co-determined by more than one function).

1. M-interrogatives I shall follow Dik's (1978, 1980a) proposals concerning the formation of wÄ-questions; I shall specify, however, that the function assigned to the questioned term is New Focus. In Dik's view (1978: 149), Focus assignment in interrogatives of the type at issue here is linked to the following contextual conditions: 37 Focus (a) (b) (c) (d) for a given open predication in Xi, φ ... , the Speaker assumes that there is a term δ such that if we substitute δ for Xi in the open predication, the resuhing predication φ ...

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