Achaemenid Persian Army by Duncan Head

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In doing so, I affirm the importance of William Bright's (1976: 266) observation that the appropriate goals of areal linguistic investigation are not our own classifications and categories but rather their sociocultural and historical relevance: The areal groupings which we seek to identify, however, are not to be regarded as ends in themselves, nor as units opposed to those of genetic classification. Rather than simply classifying languages or linguistic features, our aim is to learn what happened in aboriginal American history.

This is certainly due to the fact that most scholarly attention to Native American languages has focused more on details of language structure than on patterns of usage. My goal here is to explore traditional narratives as a privileged site for the study of grammar in use and for the detection of continuities and discontinuities in narrative use between three languages—Rio Grande Tewa, Arizona Tewa, and Hopi. More specifically, I want to examine the nature and extent of convergence between Arizona Tewa ba and Hopi y a w two quotative/evidential particles that are closely associated with their respective genres of traditional stories, Arizona Tewa peryu'u and Hopi tutuwutsi.

The component changes of this process took place gradually, at different times in different areas, over a long period of time (see Mannheim 1991a: Ch. 9 Deaffrication may have been complete in Cuzco by the late 1700s, but began to appear in Apolo (northern Bolivia) only fairly recently. 10 Fricativization of t to s, though complete in southern Bolivia for some time, appears to be still in progress in the Cuzco area (all recent dictionaries include forms with coda t). In parts of the Cuzco dialect area are found intervocalic instances of the velar and uvular fricatives, h and x.

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