Temperature terms in Mapudungun

Zúñiga, Fernando (2015). Temperature terms in Mapudungun. In: Koptjevskaja-Tamm, Maria (ed.) The Linguistics of Temperature. Typological Studies in Language: Vol. 107 (pp. 776-791). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins

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Mapudungun (unclassified) is spoken in south-central Chile and southwestern Argentina at different altitudes in climates ranging from tundra and subalpine to Mediterranean. This paper surveys the basic semantics and morphosyntax of nine temperature terms, of which wütre ‘cold’, füshkü ‘cool’, eñum ‘warm’ and are ‘hot’ are probably the most frequently used ones. While these terms can be used for tactile, ambient, and personal-feeling temperatures, the other five are specialised for one or two of these kinds of evaluations. Notably, all terms can be used as main verbs in predications; most can also be used as adjectives in order to modify nouns, and only wütre and are are commonly used as nouns referring to ‘cold’ and ‘heat’ respectively.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Zúñiga, Fernando

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 490 Other languages

ISSN:

0167-7373

ISBN:

9789027206886

Series:

Typological Studies in Language

Publisher:

John Benjamins

Language:

English

Submitter:

Fernando Zúñiga

Date Deposited:

20 Feb 2015 08:01

Last Modified:

20 Feb 2015 08:01

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/63373

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