Exposition of a Blackfoot Text
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Exposition of a Blackfoot Text Donald G. Frantz In 1965, on the Siksiká reserve, I recorded the description of an event that is said to have occurred in 1843. This is a slightly revised version of the story, as the original narrator that I taped was a bit "telegraphic" in his narration, and gaps were filled in shortly after by two other speakers who listened to the tape. Working from a fully analysed transcription, I will point out various things that I feel will be of interest, including some recently discovered facts about Blackfoot grammar. Some of the phonological and grammatical rules which are less fully illustrated in Frantz (1997) "Blackfoot Grammar" will be explicated with examples in the text, such as: P-rules makng reference to I ("breaking i") vs. i post-inflectional suffixes predicating suffixes on demonstratives enclitic pronouns Also, some hypotheses about discourse structure and underlying word order, will be proposed.