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ERIC Number: ED138097
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Analysis in Outline of Mam, a Mayan Language. Working Paper of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 25.
Canger, Una R.
The primary goal of the present study is an exposition of the structure of Mam, a Mayan language of the Mamean group. Mam is the most widely spoken of the four Mamean languages, and has been roughly estimated to have a quarter million speakers located in the departments of Huehuetenango and San Marcos in Guatemala and in the state of Chiapas in Mexico. The study is based on stories and reports recorded in 1967-8 in Huehuetenango. The analysis is performed on the basis of the glossematic theory as put forth by Hjelmslev. This theory builds upon seven principles: the empirical principle and the principles of simplicity, economy, reduction, generalization, exhaustive description, and reduction. Following a presentation of glossematic views on the structure of language and an explanation of the notational system, the Mam verb system and sentence structure are discussed. Subsequent sections on lexematics, syllabematics, and taxematics deal with vocabulary, syllable structure and syntagmatic organization of Mam. (CLK)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of International Studies.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.