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The Twins Stories

Participant Coding in Yapuga Narrative

Thomas E. Payne (Author)

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Paperback, 236 pages
ISBN: 9780520097742
February 1993
$36.95, £27.95
This work is a quantitative discourse study of referential devices in Yagua, a relatively unstudied language of the Amazon basin. Of particular interest are folktales in which the major participants are matched pairs, and which involve extensive use of direct speech. A major finding is that the indices of "Referential Distance" and "Persistence" quantify distinct functional domains.

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