By Stephen A. Marlett
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Moser (1963:17-18). 50 1: Introduction Some variation is noted in the pronunciation of the velar and uvular fricatives, j and x, respectively. The contrast between these two phonemes is well established, although the phonetic differences are not salient in ordinary speech in many cases — both are rather lenis in pronunciation. 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.
8 It has a pivotal importance for the Seris although not all of them regard it in the same way. 9 The Seris have also 7 Southernmost point: 28°45' N, 112°18' W; northernmost point 29°13' N 112°18' W; westernmost point: 28°52' N 112°34' W; easternmost point: 29°14' N 112°12' W. 8 This island was declared a “Zona de Reserva Natural y Refugio para la Fauna Silvestre” on 7 February 1963 by President Adolfo López Mateos (see Comisión de Desarrollo de la Tribu Seri 1976, not paginated; the declaration was published in the Diario Oficial de la Federación in Mexico City on 15 March 1963).
78 The first comprehensive and serious linguistic investigation of the Seri language began with the arrival of Edward and Mary (Becky) Moser in 1951. 79 They 74 See McGee (1898:95ff, 299ff) and Marlett (2010c) for information on the various lists from the nineteenth century. 75 Ramírez (1861). It is not at all clear why publication of the list was delayed for more than ten years. 76 This list is available from the Smithsonian Institution. 77 Gatschet (1900). This list is available from the Smithsonian Institution.
A Grammar of Seri by Stephen A. Marlett