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An Analysis of Clause Linkage

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ISBN 9781032319971
July 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Cheyenne provides a detailed description of Cheyenne syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, notably on its nominal and verbal system and in both simple and complex sentences.

Based on fieldwork conducted on the Northern Cheyenne reservation, this book, which seeks to address descriptive and theoretical issues involving complex sentences, has three major aims: i) to present a morpho-syntactic, semantic, and discourse-pragmatic description of complex sentences in Cheyenne; ii) to investigate the relationship between the semantic and syntactic dimensions of complex sentences; and iii) to contribute to the research, preservation, and revitalization of this ancestral language spoken in the United States of America.

This book will be informative for scholars interested in language typology, comparative linguistics, theoretical linguistics, and language documentation, as well as those interested in Cheyenne learning and teaching.

Table of Contents

Cheyenne flag


List of tables

List of figures

List of abbreviations

1 Introduction

1.1 Background information

1.2 Overview of Cheyenne

1.2.1 Sociolinguistic information

1.2.2 Genealogical position

1.2.3 Basic points on the phonology of Cheyenne

1.2.4 Spelling system

1.3 Basic morphosyntactic properties of Cheyenne

1.3.1 Polsynthetic morphology

1.3.2 Morphosyntactic alignment

1.3.3 Information structure

1.3.4 The verbal complex

1.3.5 Grammatical categories

1.3.6 Lexical categories

1.3.7. Morphosyntactic coding of arguments


2 RRG and Cheyenne simple sentences

2.1 The syntactic representation of a sentence

2.2 The semantic representation of a sentence

2.3 Information structure

2.4 The linking algorithm


3 Clause linkage theory

3.1 Theoretical approaches to the study of complex sentences

3.2 The RRG approach to the study of the structure of complex sentences


4 Juncture-nexus combinations

4.1 Nuclear junctures

4.2 Core junctures

4.3 Clausal junctures

4.4 Sentential junctures


5 Semantic relations between units

5.1 Single actions

5.1.1 Causative [1]

5.1.2 Modifying sub-actions

5.1.3 Phase

5.2 Multiple actions

5.2.1 Simultaneous

5.2.2 Sequential

5.2.3 Causative [2]

5.3 Endeavour

5.3.1 Attempt

5.3.2 Success

5.3.3 Failure

5.4 Intentions

5.4.1 Refusal

5.4.2 Psych-action

5.4.3 Purposive

5.5 Bringing about

5.5.1 Causative [3]

5.5.2 Jussive

5.5.3 Permissive

5.5.4 Injunctive

5.6 Perception

5.6.1 Direct perception

5.6.2 Indirect perception

5.7 Intentionality

5.7.1 Propositional attitude

5.7.2 Cognition

5.7.3 Emotion

5.8 Speech

5.8.1 Indirect discourse

5.8.2 Direct discourse

5.9 Locational

5.9.1 Space

5.9.2 Time

5.10 Circumstances

5.10.1 Reason

5.10.2 Conditional

5.10.3 Concessive

5.11 Temporality

5.11.1 Temporal / Simultaneous actions

5.11.2 Temporal / Sequential actions

5.11.3 Situation-situation / temporally unordered SoAs

5.12 Complex RPs


6 Relationship between clause linkage types and semantic relations

6.1 Intereclausal relations hierarchy

6.2 Iconic correlation between syntactic and semantic representations


7 The role of discourse-pragmatics in complex sentences

7.1 Information structure in complex sentences

7.2 Obviation in Cheyenne narration


8 Concluding remarks

Glossary of RRG terms




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Avelino Corral Esteban works as a Lecturer in Linguistics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain, where he teaches courses on syntax, historical linguistics, and information structure. His principal research interest is the study of the interaction between syntax, semantics, and pragmatics across languages, and the comparative analysis of the syntax of Native American, Romance, Germanic, and Celtic languages. He has participated in research projects funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, the Arts and Humanities Research Council in the United Kingdom, and the US ACTA´s Living Culture Grants Program, and he leads the Honóxease Project, whose aim is to foster the preservation and revitalization of the Cheyenne language. He is the author of five book chapters, published by Cambridge University Press, John Benjamins, and Routledge, and more than twenty research articles, which have appeared in major linguistics journals (Acta Linguistica Academica, WORD, RESLA, Zeitschrift für Romanische Philologie, Journal of Language Contact, and Journal of Language and Intercultural Communication).


"Dr. Avelino Corral Esteban has produced an impressive and insightful analysis of complex sentences in Cheyenne, a Native American language of the Algonquian family. It presents some unique challenges for any theoretical approach, and Dr. Corral Esteban employs a functional-typological theory, Role and Reference Grammar, which has a sophisticated theory of clause linkage. The result is a very revealing exploration of Cheyenne complex sentences. It is an important contribution to the study of Algonquian languages, on the one hand, and to functional linguistics and language typology, on the other."

Prof (emeritus) Robert D. Van Valin, Jr., University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf