By Stephen A. Marlett
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59 This example and others are found in Saxton, Saxton & Enos (1983). ) for first alerting me to this construction in O’odham. 46 1: Introduction Yaqui and zai a grass (see Appendix A). Someone gave the word †hoohopam to Edward Moser as an “old” word for mesquite. Since the word is of obvious Uto-Aztecan origin, what this shows is that some Seri families probably had begun to use it during a time of contact with Yaquis or another group, and then eventually the word lost out against the (presumably) native word haas.
Perhaps as a result of this, some speakers disagree about which phoneme occurs in a few words. One example documented in the dictionary is the word for the plant Amoreuxia palmatifida: joját for some speakers and xoját for others. Similarly, there is disagreement on the word for ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens): jomjeeziz and xomjeeziz, among other variants (see the following section). 11). 7). About fifty years ago, pronunciation of the sequence /km/ in certain words varied between a [km] pronunciation and a [kw̃ ] pronunciation of certain words.
Pages not numbered). By the middle of the twentieth century, most were living on the mainland for reasons of their own choosing, primarily having to do with easier access to commodities. There was never a forced eviction. 12 The Seri names of these places have never appeared on any published map until the publication of the Seri dictionary (M. Moser & Marlett 2005). This fact is in itself an indication of the degree of physical and cultural separation between the Seri people and their neighbors, a topic discussed in greater detail below.