Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
J. Albert Bickford
This thesis is a general linguistic description of yes-no and information questions in Yanomám (a member of the Yanomami language family of Brazil and Venezuela) in the descriptive/typological tradition, including morphosyntax and semantics, appropriate responses, certain discourse-pragmatic conditions of their use (such as bias and focus), and intonation patterns.
Some things in the Yanomám language that are typologically unusual are an information question system that utilizes just one interrogative word, interaction of temporal-evidential particles with questions, and the occurrence of hortative constructions in questions.
My sources of information include the limited published works and articles on the language, previously unpublished materials, and my own field notes.
Thiele, Richard A., "Interrogatives in Yanomám" (1993). Theses and Dissertations. 3332.