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Date: 05-Jul-2008
From: Jeff Muehlbauer < jefmuehl at interchange.ubc.ca >
Subject: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of intentionality in Plains Cree


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Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2008 10:24:57
From: Jeff Muehlbauer [jefmuehl at interchange.ubc.ca]
Subject: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of intentionality in Plains Cree
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Institution: University of British Columbia 
Program: Department of Linguistics 
Dissertation Status: Completed 
Degree Date: 2008 

Author: Jeff Muehlbauer

Dissertation Title: kâ-yôskâtahk ôma nêhiyawêwin: The representation of
intentionality in Plains Cree 

Dissertation URL:  http://hdl.handle.net/2429/940

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                     Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Cree, Plains (crk)

Dissertation Director(s):
Guy Carden
H.C. Wolfart
Rose-Marie Déchaine
Hotze Rullmann

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis considers the reference system of Plains Cree, an Algonquian
language spoken in Canada. I argue that the referential system of this
language can be understood as coding distinctions in extentionality; it
distinguishes between referents that possess perspectives ('intentional')
and referents that do not ('extentional'). With respect to perspectival
possession, Plains Cree distinguishes four referential classes: (i)
inherently extentional 'Inanimate' referents, (ii) contextually extentional
'Obviative' referents, (iii) contextually intentional 'Proximate'
referents, and (iv) unspecified 'Animate' referents. I then show that the
referential class 'Obviative' is decompositional; it is constructed out of
components that code referential dependency, which is the confluence of
structural ordering and perspectival embedding. Finally, I consider the
methodological issues raised by the study of referential types, showing how
different data-collection methods interact with the semantics of
perspectival possession. 

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