By by Susan Smythe Kung.

This dissertation is a entire description of the grammar of Huehuetla Tepehua (HT), that is a member of the Totonacan language relations. HT is spoken by way of 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 with an advent to the language, its language kinfolk, and its environment, in addition to a  Read more...

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This review of the literature picks up where MacKay’s left off. In fact, since the publication of MacKay’s (1999) grammar of Misantla Totonac, we seem to have entered the golden age of Totonacan research, especially with respect to the Tepehua branch of the family. Just two decades ago, the only member of the Tepehua branch to have been documented was the 24 Tlachichilco variety (Watters 1980, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 1996a, 1996b). The only published materials on Huehuetla Tepehua were a 1976 translation of the New Testament by the Liga Bíblica Mundial de Hogar, several short stories written by SIL consultants and published by the SIL, Kryder’s (1987) Masters thesis, which is a sketch of the HT phonology and morphology, and three short linguistics articles by SIL linguists that either describe or analyze HT numerals (Bower 1948), HT sentences (Bower and Erickson 1967), and HT verbal inflection (Herzog 1974).

Thus, in the speech of the younger Tepehua, the distribution of the glottal stop is not limited to that given in (7). Essentially, 39 anywhere that a /q/ appears in the speech of an older HT speaker, a glottal stop may occur in its place in the speech of a younger HT speaker. In example (8a), it is the second element in a syllable initial consonant cluster; in example (8b), it is the first element in a syllable final consonant cluster. (8) a. b. x7ooy ma7x so7ch [oi] [ma] [sot] ‘dog’ ‘left (hand)’ ‘straight’ Voiced Stops /b/, /d/, /g/ The voiced stops /b, d, g/ are mainly found in recent Spanish borrowings and in ideophones,11 and they occur very seldom.

It is possible that these particular ideophones were borrowed from Spanish; however, I cannot be sure. 2.

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