Inga McKendry

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

J. Albert Bickford


This thesis consists of two independent papers and a text. One paper is centered on Mixtec languages as a whole, the other paper and the text present the variety of Mixtec spoken in the southeastern portion of the district of Nochixtlán, Oaxaca, Mexico.

The first paper builds on work published by Stephen A. Marlett in which it is posited that nasalization is a feature of the morpheme rather than the syllable. Data not included in Marlett's study, which corroborates his findings, are presented. Also in the light of these data, modifications to his analysis are suggested. This paper also presents the claim that there were palatalized and non-palatalized consonants in Proto-Mixtec.

The second paper presents a typological overview of the grammar of Southeastern Nochixtlán Mixtec, with particular emphasis on those features not documented for other Mixtec languages. The final chapter presents an interlinear glossed text from this variety of Mixtec.

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