ERIC Number: ED252059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Jul
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Switch Reference, Syntactic Organization, and Rhetorical Structure in Central Yup'ik Eskimo. Sociolinguistic Working Paper Number 98.
Woodbury, Anthony C.
Yupik language has two devices to indicate switch reference. The rules generally given for them are not entirely correct, and counterexamples to the ideal have been found previously. A subset of those counterexamples in Central Yupik Eskimo support the claim that there are two systems, partially overlapping and partially unique, that organize discourse. One of these is a system of inflectional categories and the surface syntactic analysis it presents, and the other is a system of rhetorical structure, the structural analysis of the surface utterance that is evident from intonation, external sandhi, and sentence adverbial particle choice and placement. Neither system's syntactic analysis can be fully predicted from the other's. The switch reference that is entirely determined by the inflectional system is considered to be the ideal switch reference by both speakers and grammarians. However, research must proceed at both the clause/sentence level and the discourse level. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.