By Carolyn Mackay
The Totonac-Tepehua language relations, even though typologically just like another Mesoamerican languages, has now not but been validated to be relating to the other language kinfolk. Misantla Totonac is the southernmost number of Totonac and is spoken within the zone among Xalapa, the capital of Veracruz, Mexico and Misantla, Veracruz. In 1974, a newly paved highway hooked up Xalapa and Misantla bringing a comparatively remoted region into touch with mainstream Mexican language and tradition. for this reason, Misantla Totonac is not any longer obtained as a primary language by way of the neighborhood young ones and is quickly being changed by means of Spanish. A GRAMMAR OF MISANTLA TOTONAC offers the phonological constitution of the language and the best morphological strategies. It describes inflection and derivation of all significant notice sessions (verbs, nominals, and statives) intimately. It introduces grammatical contract and observe order phenomena, and provides the main salient and important points of Misantla Totonac grammar. even if a number of Totonac-Tepehua grammars exist in Spanish, this can be the one released grammar of the Totonac-Tepehua language family members at the moment on hand in English. Winner of the once a year Society for the examine of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) ebook Award, this marks the 3rd quantity to be released within the sequence. "The fabric provided here's key to any destiny paintings in reconstructing the proto-language. . . .[It] is an important contribution to either common linguistics in addition to to Mesoamerican stories. -James Watters, summer season Institute of Linguistics
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A Grammar of Misantla Totonac: Studies in Indigenous Languages of the Americas by Carolyn Mackay