"Our language"

Daniel Everett dan.everett at MAN.AC.UK
Mon Dec 16 11:18:17 UTC 2002

On Monday, December 16, 2002, at 11:21  am, Jan Terje Faarlund wrote:

>  For their language, they simply use the word 'ode' (=language), and 
> they refer to themselves as 'ode püt' (=language people), or 
> 'chabyajpabü ode' (= those who speak the language). This latter term 
> may also be used to refer to indigenous people in general.
> Jan Terje Faarlund

The last line is interesting.  I would bet that the extension of this 
term is one of the consequences of redefining identity, the matter of 
'becoming Indian', forced upon many indigenous peoples since the 
'conquest'.  I often find, in such cases, that in texts and some other 
very specific environments that terms like this have two references: a 
very specific one to the people in question and a wider one including 
other indigenous people when contrasted (implicitly or explicitly) with 
'whites' or 'civilizados', etc. Is this correct with the Zoque?


Dan Everett
Professor of Phonetics and Phonology
Department of Linguistics
University of Manchester
Oxford Road
Manchester, UK
M13 9PL
Phone: 44-161-275-3158
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