A Grammar of Creek (Muskogee) (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians)

A Grammar of Creek (Muskogee) (Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians)

By: Jack B. Martin (author)Hardback

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Creek (or Muskogee) is a Muskogean language spoken by several thousand members of the Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole nations of Oklahoma and by several hundred members of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This volume is the first modern grammar of Creek, compiled by a leading authority on the languages of the southern United States. Intended for scholars, students, and Creek instructors, this reference grammar describes all the major morphological and syntactic patterns in the language. Special attention is given to pitch accent and tone, active agreement, locative prefixes, tense, aspect, and switch reference. The description covers several hundred years of documentation and draws heavily on materials written by Creek speakers. It is likely to be the definitive source on the language for years to come.

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Jack B. Martin is an associate professor of English at the College of William and Mary. He is the coeditor of Totkv Mocvse/New Fire: Creek Folktales and the coauthor of A Dictionary of Creek/Muskogee (Nebraska 2000).


Foreword; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations and conventions The language and its speakers 1. Creek and the Creek-speaking peoples; 2. Overview of the language; 3. Creek dialects and ways of speaking Phonology 4. Phonemes; 5. General phonological processes; 6. The organization of phonemes into higher units; 7. Stress and tone in nouns; 8. Stress, tone, and grades in verbs; 9. Orthography Nouns and their modifiers 10. Nominalization; 11. Compounding; 12. Plural nouns; 13. Size; 14. Possession; 15. Pronouns; 16. Postpositions; 17. Noun forms with adverbial function; 18. Adjectival nouns (quantifiers) Verbs and their modifiers 19. Locative prefixes; 20. Agreement; 21. Reflexives and reciprocals; 22. Adding objects: dative and instrumental; 23. Plural verbs; 24. Voice alternations: middle -k-, causative -ic- and -ipeyc-; 25. Impersonals; 26. Degree; 27. Verb forms with adverbial function; 28. Aspect; 29. Expressing time: tense and related notions; 30. Negation; 31. Mood; 32. 'Be', auxiliaries, and modality; 33. Numbers and quantifiers; 34. Describing motion and direction; 35. Existence; 36. Sound-symbolic verbs Discourse markers 37. Case and switch-reference markers; 38. Focus of attention clitic; 39. Referential clitic; 40. Other markers Syntax 41. Word order and basic syntax; 42. Clause types; 43. Interpreting pronouns, reflexives, and reciprocals; 44. Style Appendices; Appendix 1: Paradigms; Appendix 2: Texts; Appendix 3: List of common affixes References; Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/05/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780803211063
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 504
  • ID: 9780803211063
  • weight: 857
  • ISBN10: 0803211066

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