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Linguistic Decay in Chontal Mayan: The Speech of Semi-Speakers

Susan M. Knowles-Berry
Anthropological Linguistics
Vol. 29, No. 4, Mayan Languages and Their Speakers (Winter, 1987), pp. 332-341
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30028108
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Linguistic Decay in Chontal Mayan: The Speech of Semi-Speakers
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Abstract

This paper examines the Chontal Mayan spoken by semi-speakers in San Carlos, Tabasco, Mexico. In comparison to the Chontal of fluent speakers, the language of semi-speakers is marked by a reduced phonology, a diminished Chontal lexicon, a reduced and generalized morphology and syntax, and the loss of speech varieties-typical signals of a dying language.

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