Publication Date

7-5-1962

Abstract

The corpus of published material on Sirionó linguistics is small. Anselmo Schermair, a Franciscan missionary, was the first to publish a study of the Sirionó language. This work is primarily a vocabulary, with a few notes on the consonants and vowels. The words are placed in four classes: substantives, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, without any criteria being offered for the classification. A recent publication on Sirionó is that of Perry and Anne Priest and Joseph Grimes in which they discuss a specific problem of simultaneous ordering of certain syntactic and morphemic items--discussed in terms of "spans" and morphemic alterations involved within the "spans". At the present time, Sirionó linguistics is lacking a structural grammar or a scientific description of the different linguistic levels. The present study is an attempt to supply this need.

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Degree Name

Anthropology

Level of Degree

Doctoral

Department Name

UNM Department of Anthropology

First Committee Member (Chair)

Stanley Newman

Second Committee Member

Harry Wetherald Basehart

Third Committee Member

Willard Williams Hill

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Anthropology Commons

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