Reconstructive description of eighteenth-century Xinka grammar

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Reconstructive description of eighteenth-century Xinka grammar

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Reconstructive description of eighteenth-century Xinka grammar
Author: Sachse, Frauke
Publisher: LOT - Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics, Utrecht
Issue Date: 2010-06-15
Keywords: Colonial grammar
Abstract: This dissertation presents a comprehensive description of Xinka based on the missionary grammar "Arte de la lengua szinca" that was written by the priest Manuel Maldonado de Matos around 1773. Xinka is an isolate family of today mostly extinct, closely related languages in southeastern Guatemala. The "Arte de la lengua szinca" is the earliest source on Xinka grammar that is otherwise not well documented or described. The analysis of the late colonial grammar draws on comparative data, including (a) primary data that were documented by the author with the last Xinka-speakers in Guazacapán, Santa Rosa, Guatemala between 2000-03, and (b) further secondary linguistic data of Xinkan languages from the towns of Guazacapán, Chiquimulilla, Yupiltepeque, Jumaytepeque, Sinacantán and Jutiapa. The text addresses the methodological implications of describing colonial Xinka grammar based on such a heterogeneous corpus of diachronic and regionally diverse data. Besides the linguistic description, the dissertation contains information about the cultural context of the language as well as about the colonial document and the corpus of linguistic data. The appendix includes a concordance of the linguistic data from the colonial grammar and a dictionary of the lexical entries.
Description: Promotores: W.F.H. Adelaar, N.K. Grube
With summaries in Dutch, German, Spanish
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Sachse, F., 2010, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: LOT dissertations series ; 254
ISBN: 9789460930294

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