A Grammar of Hup by Epps, Patience

By Epps, Patience

This paintings is a reference grammar of Hup, a member of the Nadahup relations (also often called Makú or Vaupés-Japura), that's spoken within the fascinatingly multilingual Vaupés zone of the northwest Amazon. This distinctive description and research is proficient via a functional-typological point of view, with specific connection with areal touch and grammaticalization. The grammar starts with an creation to the cultural and linguistic heritage of Hup audio system, offers an outline of the phonology, and follows this with chapters on morphosyntax (nominal morphology, verbs and verb compounding, demanding, point, modality, evidentiality, etc.); it concludes with discussions of negation, the easy clause, and clause combining. a couple of beneficial properties of Hup grammar are typologically major, resembling its technique of inversion in query formation, its approach of Differential item Marking, and its therapy of ownership. Hup additionally indicates numerous hugely strange paths of grammaticalization, reminiscent of the advance of a verbal destiny suffix from the noun stick, tree. The ebook additionally contains a collection of texts and a CD-ROM with audio records.

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D. dissertations of Reid (1979) and Pozzobon (1991) (the principal ethnographic contributions on the Hupd’h). 10 Described frequently as “professional hunters”, the Hupd’h traditionally have been semi-nomadic forest dwellers, who travel primarily on foot and live along small streams in the forest. They practice limited agriculture (cultivating mostly bitter manioc in small plots), and hunt and gather for much of their subsistence. Their lifestyle is therefore distinct from that of the River Indians, who live along the rivers, travel by canoe, and rely primarily on fishing and agriculture (also cultivating bitter manioc) for their subsistence.

This name is determined by the person’s clan membership; each clan has a relatively small repertoire of girls’ and boys’ names (amounting to less than a dozen of each) that are typically applied in a rough order according to the birth 20 Hup and its speakers order of the children. 12 Table 3. ’ k / g’ d g’odan ‘inside) ‘immature snake’? )’ ‘rubber-tree fruit’ b’ h ‘salt’ m n ‘caatinga’ h d ‘sauva ant’ k w g w’h ‘sarapó fish’ kawáy ‘eye’ (opposite tone) ? ’; also type of spirit? ’ j’  ‘flower’ tQ)hd’ h Toucan’s Beak Clan b’ / ?

Suggested name changes The Hup language has generally been referred to in the literature as Hupda, with alternate spellings Jupde, Hubde, etc. This name is derived from the ethnonym of the speakers: húp is an ethnonymic ‘shifter’ term (cf. 4). Thus húpd’ h means ‘people; Hup people’, just as húp=/i)h (person=MSC) means ‘man, Hup man’, and hup=/ãêy (person=FEM) means ‘woman, Hup woman’. The Hupd’h themselves call their language húp /
‡d ‘Hup language’, or simply refer to it as húp . An additional alternative is húp-d’ h n
‡h /
‡d (person-PL POSS language) ‘the language of the Hup people’; it is probably this form that was rendered as ubde-nehern by Giacone (1955).

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