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The Totonacan languages of Mexico are known to make extensive use of glottal stop and laryngealization, but little is known about the phonetic realizations of these contrasts. As part of a larger project investigating laryngealization in Totonacan, this paper presents a description of some...
The present paper investigates the effects of word position, stress and vowel phonation on the duration of ejective fricatives in Upper Necaxa Totonac (UNT), a Totonacan language of northern Puebla, Mexico. Duration measurements were taken of frication and periods of silence occurring between...
In this paper we propose the term “linguistic suicide” to refer to situations where parents who are speakers of a minority language deliberately choose not to teach this language to their children and instead adopt a majority language in their home. In the case of speakers of Upper Necaxa...
Individual members of the Totonacan family - a group of at least four languages spoken in East Central Mexico - have been claimed to either lack adjectives or to have only a restricted, closed class of adjectives, words expressing property concepts belonging to the class ofnoun. The basisfor this...
This article examines the factors that have led to a shift to Spanish in the Upper Necaxa Totonac communities of east-central Mexico. Despite the fact that Spanish and Totonac have been in contact since before the eighteenth century, the shift to the majority language has only occurred in the...