Year of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Department or School/College
Irene Appelbaum Mizuki Miyashita
Salishan, Montana Salish, demonstrative, Salish, deictic, common ground, proximity, Indigenous
University of Montana
Cultural History | Indigenous Studies | Language Interpretation and Translation | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Native American Studies | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Sign Languages | United States History
This thesis presents a detailed analysis of the Nsélišcn ‘Montana Salish’ demonstrative system. I propose that there are three features encoded in the demonstratives that I examined in this thesis: (i) proximity of the speaker in relation to the referent, (ii) common ground between the speaker and addressee, and (iii) visibility of the referent. I further propose that the Nsélišcn demonstrative system distinguishes three degrees of proximity: proximal, medial, and distal. Nsélišcn is a member of the Southern Interior branch of the Salishan language family. The data analyzed in this thesis was collected from native Nsélišcn speakers.
Decker, Aspen A., "Demonstratives in Nsélišcn ‘Montana Salish’" (2022). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 11835.
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