Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
G. Hubert Matthews
This thesis explores the nature and content of a comparative data base for the Zapotec languages of Mexico that may be produced. Many questions are discussed: how to sub-divide and list the Zapotec languages and dialects; what data format will be most accessible to researchers as well as to field workers with data to add; computer software considerations (designing computational tools); how to handle non-cognates with shared meanings, non-overlap of glosses (i.e., one Zapotec gloss covers several Spanish words, or vice versa), semantic shifts and secondary meanings, and other problems such as special characters, free variation, elisions, etc.; whether to use phonetic or phonemic data forms, or some other form; what form of verbs will be useful to the study of Zapotec; and how to index and cross-index the data. While the answers to these questions, as discussed here, pertain specifically to the Zapotec languages, it is hoped that the questions themselves can also be taken as a guideline for application by other linguists who may be planning similar projects in other languages.
Bickford, Anita C., "Data base design for research in comparative Zapotec" (1989). Theses and Dissertations. 5657.