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A descriptive grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua by by Susan Smythe Kung.

By by Susan Smythe Kung.

This dissertation is a accomplished description of the grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua (HT), that's a member of the Totonacan language relatives. HT is spoken via fewer than 1500 humans in and round the city of Huehuetla, Hidalgo, within the japanese Sierra Madre mountains of the valuable Gulf Coast sector of Mexico. This grammar starts off with an advent to the language, its language relations, and its atmosphere, in addition to a  Read more...

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She has analyzed the inflectional system (2005) and the templatic morphology of ideophones (2006, to appear). 5 OVERVIEW OF THE GRAMMAR Chapter 2: Phonology presents the Huehuetla Tepehua phonemes and their allophones, the practical orthography that I use to represent HT in all subsequent chapters, a phonemic merger that is currently taking place in the language, the syllable structure, rules for primary and secondary stress assignment, general phonological processes that occur in the language, and morphophonemic processes that affect the boundaries of particular morphemes.

In the summer of 2005, I returned to Catemaco to complete my third and final summer for the PDLMA. This time, because of family obligations at home in Texas, I spent only five weeks working on the project. Once again, don Nicolás was my principal consultant. During this time, I finished direct elicitation of the Bouquiaux Questionnaire. I tested all of the ethnobotanical and ethnozoological terms in the database, then don Nicolás sorted them all into taxonomies. We went through Melissa Bowerman’s Topological Picture Series (no date), which produced positional verbs, relational nouns, and prepositional phrases.

5 I met only one HT-dominant couple who spoke to their young toddler and pre-school aged children in HT; everyone else addressed their children and grandchildren in Spanish. Since I left the village, a teacher’s college has been constructed there, which has caused the non-HT-speaking population to increase and has lead to even more intermarriage between Tepehua and non-Tepehua, thereby reducing even more the likelihood that HT will be passed on to future generations. English—but not Tepehua—is taught in the local middle and high schools, and more and more people want to learn English in order to emigrate to the United States of America.

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