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Title: A Grammar of Chemehuevi
Authors: Press, Margaret L.
Keywords: American Indigenous Languages
Northern American Languages
Uto-Aztecan Languages
Chemehuevi - Grammar
Issue Date: 1975
Publisher: University of California at Berkeley
Abstract: Chemehuevi is a Uto-Aztecan language currently spoken by a few dozen Indians living in Southern California and Arizona. This study attempts to provide a fairly comprehensive generative description of Chemehuevi phonology and syntax, using original fieldwork data. Phonological features used contrastively in the language are proposed, along with morpheme structure conditions and rules for most of the major phonological processes. Several arguments are discussed for the treatment of one of these processes, namely internal consonant mutation. A set of phrase structure rules generating most types of sentences is presented, each rule being motivated and exemplified in the remainder of the section on syntax. These rules are written with the intention of increasing the burden of the lexicon and semantic component (interpretive rules) in order to dispense with transformational rules which delete or insert lexical material. With a few notable exceptions most aspects of sentence structure and word order, word derivation and morphology are discussed. Alphabetized word-lists are included in the appendix.
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