assignment 3 - Languages of the World 103:055 Fall 2009...

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Languages of the World 103:055 Fall 2009 Homework Assignment #3 (Due September 24) Part A . The following data are from Mam (Mayan, Guatemala, 500,000 speakers). Examine the sentences and answer the questions that follow. (NB: Mam is one of the few languages with a name that is a palindrome.) (14 points) (1) Ma chok tb’iyo?n Cheep xjaal. PRT PRT he-hit Jose person ‘Jose hit someone.’ (2) Ma b’aj taq’nqa § n Cheep tja’ kjo § n. PRT PRT he-work Jose in cornfield ‘Jose worked in the cornfield.’ (3) Ma kub’ kytzyu § n xiinaq cheej. PRT PRT they-grab men horse ‘The men grabbed the horse.’ (4) Ma tz’ookx Mal tuj jaa. PRT she-enter Maria in house ‘Maria went into the house.’ 1. What is the basic word order for Mam? Explain. 2. Does Mam have prepositions? Should it? Now look at a few NPs and questions. (5) q’aq tx’yaan (6) jun tx’yaan q’aq black dog one dog black ‘black dog’ ‘one black dog’ (7) saq jaa (8) juu?n jaa saq white house each
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