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Participant Coding in Yapuga Narrative (UC Publications in Linguistics #120)

By Thomas E. Payne

University of California Press, 9780520097742, 236pp.

Publication Date: February 15, 1993

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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.