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PROTO-QUICHEAN KINSHIP


1986 1986

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Abstract (summary)

The Quichean languages are comprised of a family of related languages of the Mayan stock, spoken principally in the highlands of Guatemala in Central America. Some of the kinship terminologies currently in use by the speakers of these languages manifest a Hawaiian classification, while what seem to be vestiges of an Omaha system are also scattered throughout the area. In Tzeltal and Tzotzil, two languages of the Cholan family (also Mayan) spoken in Mexico, Omaha systems are currently in use. The question therefore arises as to what sort of system was present in Proto-Quichean (PQ).

On the basis of phonological and referential reconstruction, and with the aid of colonial documentary evidence, it is suggested that the PQ kinship system was probably Hawaiian, although in a state of transition. It is further suggested that an earlier horizon of Mayan also manifested a Hawaiian system, but with tendencies towards Iroquois, thus leading to the contemporary Iroguois and Omaha systems in the western branch of Mayan, and with the eastern branch retaining vestiges of both Iroquois-cum-Omaha and Hawaiian systems.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences; Guatemala; Mayan
Title
PROTO-QUICHEAN KINSHIP
Author
OLTROGGE, DAVID FREDERICK
Number of pages
304
Publication year
1986
Degree date
1986
School code
2502
Source
DAI-A 47/06, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
University/institution
The University of Texas at Arlington
University location
United States -- Texas
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
8621739
ProQuest document ID
303455115
Copyright
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Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303455115
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