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Stavros Skopeteas (Potsdam) & Elisabeth Verhoeven (Bremen) Postverbal argument order in Yucatec Maya Abstract This paper presents experimental data on postverbal argument order in Yucatec Maya. Yucatec Maya is a verb initial language which according to previous analyses displays verb-agent-patient as its canonical order. The data presented in this paper were obtained in an experiment on interpreting ambiguous sentences. The experiment evaluated hypotheses about the impact of animacy, definiteness, verbal aspect and pragmatic preferences on Yucatec Mayan

1 Introduction In this article, I investigate translanguaging practices in Yucatec Maya villages in the peninsula of Yucatán, Mexico. Due to a high incidence of deafness 2,4 % in Chicán ( Escobedo Delgado 2012 ), ~1,4 % in Cepeda Peraza, ~6 % in Trascorral, no exact figure available for Nohkop. in small, face-to-face communities, indigenous sign languages have emerged, which are used by deaf and hearing community members. This creates an intricate multilingual, multimodal landscape, where people communicate with a broad spectrum of semiotic resources: they sign

Valentina Vapnarsky (Paris) Is Yucatec Maya an omnipredicative language? Predication, the copula and focus constructions* Abstract In this article, we examine the omnipredicativity hypothesis (Launey 1994, 2004) in the context of Yucatec Maya.The hypothesis implies three requirements: 1) most words are predicative, 2) the focus of a sentence is its main predicate, 3) arguments are subordinate predicates of the main predicate. Based on the analysis of the personal indexation patterns, morphosyntactic and semantic properties of non-verbal predicates, the use of

Melissa Frazier (Covington) The phonetics of Yucatec Maya and the typology of laryngeal complexity* Abstract We examine the known typology of laryngeal complexity (Silverman 1997a, b) in light of phonetic research (Frazier 2009) showing that Yucatec Maya uses contrastive tone and phonation type. The phonetic patterns in YM suggest that articulatory incompatibility is the most important factor in enforcing the phasing of tone and non-modal phonation, but that perceptual factors account for the distribution of phasing patterns. Furthermore, YM is similar to the

1 Introduction Language planning aims to increase the quantity of minority language speakers, often by promoting usage in new domains, such as education, in conjunction with efforts to codify the language, like standardization. This ethnographic research provides a look into the linguistic standardization process by examining Yucatec Maya speakers’ struggles over a six-year period (2010–2016) before, during, and after the 2014 sanctioning of a new, official standard. Maya, as it is called locally, has approximately 800,000 speakers, primarily in the Yucatan

Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo (Mexico City) Free relative clauses in Yucatec Maya* Abstract This paper presents an analysis and description of the syntax of free relative clauses in Yucatec Maya, the Mayan language spoken in the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico. The description and analysis focus on two structural properties of these free relative clauses; a) the internal nature of the relative pronoun, and, b) the absence of matching effects observed in Yucatec free relatives when a prepositional phrase is relativized. I show that these two phenomena receive a unified Valentina Vapnarsky Inference crisscross: Disentangling evidence, stance and (inter)subjectivity in Yucatec Maya Abstract: This article aims to disentangle values related to evidence, epistemic judgement, and (inter)subjectivity as conflated in two epistemic markers of Yucatec Maya. The particles míin and ma’ak are partial support inferential markers that contrast on the (inter)subjectivity parameter. The analysis, based on a wide and varied corpus approached through token-level usage, provides support for

The interaction between topicalization and structural constraints: Evidence from Yucatec Maya1 STAVROS SKOPETEAS AND ELISABETH VERHOEVEN The Linguistic Review 26 (2009), 239–259 0167–6318/09/026-0239 DOI 10.1515/tlir.2009.009 ©Walter de Gruyter Abstract This article deals with the syntactic and pragmatic properties of left dislocated constituents in Yucatec Maya. It has been argued that these constituents are topics, which implies that a particular structural configuration, namely left dislocation displays a 1:1 correspondence to a particular discourse function

Christian Lehmann 34 Valency classes in Yucatec Maya 1 Introduction Yucatec Maya, called Maya by its speakers, is the Mayan language spoken on the peninsula of Yucatan, in the east of Mexico. Together with Lacandón, Mopán, and Itzá, it constitutes the Yucatecan branch of the Mayan languages. There are some 850,000 ethnic Mayas, more than half of whom have Maya as their first language and use it for daily communication. Some people over 70 years of age are still monolingual. The rest of the population speak Spanish as their first language, and this percentage is

Yucatec Maya Vowel Alternations - Harmony as Syntagmatic Identity* Martin Krämer Abstract fe IB this paper, I will give a detailed account of vowel harmony, disharmony, dissimilation, and elision in Yucatec Maya. These phenomena provide insights for tljie treatment of assimilation in Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky 1993). The theoretical topics to be dealt with are (i) an adequate formalisation of phonolog- ,p 4csal feature assimilation within Correspondence Theory (McCarthy & Prince 1995), ^hd (ii) an account of morpheme-specific alternations within this