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ERIC Number: EJ873538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
The Land Remembers: Landscape Terms and Place Names in Lowland Chontal of Oaxaca, Mexico
O'Connor, Loretta; Kroefges, Peter C.
Language Sciences, v30 n2-3 p291-315 Mar-May 2008
This paper examines landscape terminology and place names of the Chontal region in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico, with a focus on terms from Lowland Chontal, a highly endangered language spoken near the Pacific coast. In addition to the linguistic analysis, the paper presents a general description of the physical geography of the area and how it relates to settlement patterns and subsistence activities, with specific detail of the territorial organization of Huamelula as a sociopolitical unit and of the importance of sacred sites. The analysis serves both to anchor the Chontal speakers as long-time residents deeply engaged with the elements of their landscape and to document in part the dynamics of the multilinguistic and multiethnic history of the region. (Contains 5 figures and 9 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico (Oaxaca)