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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(H3) Pfeiler & Skopeteas: Variation and change in Yucatec Maya

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Variation and change in Yucatec Maya

Dialectal variation in Yucatec Maya has been mentioned since the sixteenth century in documents such as the Motul Dictionary (Martínez Hernández 1929). The first long-scale survey of variation of Yucatec Maya was carried out between 2004 and 2007 (Blaha Pfeiler & Hofling 2006).

This poster presents the results of a dialectological study on a sample of 130 Mayan speakers collected by means of a questionnaire containing issues of lexical and morphonological variation. The examined phenomena reveal different patterns of variation: VARIATION IN SPACE: e.g., in the Eastern variety, the incompletive (k) is being replaced by the progressive aspect (táan). VARIATION DUE TO LANGUAGE CONTACT: e.g., interviewees with higher exposure to Spanish simplify the numeral classifier system using only two classifiers from the 120 available in the language.

This poster presents the dispersion of linguistic features by means of feature maps and focused on the interplay between different sources of variation.


Barbara Pfeiler

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Centro Peninsular en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales

Stavros Skopeteas

Universität Göttingen

Friday October 11, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm PDT
EMU Ballroom