Abstract

Abstract:

This article considers how speakers of Plains Cree (Algonquian, western Canada) use obviation, independent vs. conjunct verb inflection, and evidentials in their speech performances, in the light of a grammatical paradigm constructed by elders from the Hobbema area. Borrowing insights from anthropological work on Cree ways of speaking, I adapt Dell Hymes’s ideas so as to better understand how Plains Cree cultural practices are embedded and expressed in the language. Recent linguistic generalizations about these Cree grammatical categories are integrated with previous work on the concept of “presence” and Cree genres; this is exemplified through detailed examination of a Plains Cree text.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6527
Print ISSN
0003-5483
Pages
pp. 275-313
Launched on MUSE
2016-06-24
Open Access
No
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