Social Semiotics of Relational Terminology at Zuni Pueblo

Author: Watts, Linda
Year:2001
Pages:244
ISBN:0-7734-7660-1
978-0-7734-7660-8
Price:179.95
The author conducted ethnolinguistic fieldwork at Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, focussed on the folk semantics, linguistic composition and reported situational use of Zuni relational terminology. A social semiotic analysis relates these ethnolinguistic data to a revisionist, cultural model of Zuni social organization. Rather than a situation of wholesale cultural and linguistic loss due to acculturative influences such as Kroeber had asserted in 1917, this study finds a high degree of persistence in traditional patterns of Zuni social integration as reflected in the contemporary meanings and use of Zuni relational terminology.

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Introduction and Background of Research
2. Toward a social Semiotics of Relational Terminology at Zuni
3. Background Cultural Knowledge: Situational Options for the Use of Zuni Relational Terminology
4. Background Cultural Knowledge: Linguistic Options for the Use of Zuni Relational Terminology
5. Meaning Potential
6. Ethnographic Analysis: A Revisionist Account of Zuni Household-Group Based Social Organization
7. Variation, Persistence, and Change
8. Summary of Findings
Bibliography
Appendices: Consultants’ Background Information
Reported Usage Data – Semantic Features Matrices
Composite Folk Definitions
Consultants’ Kin Chart Data