How what was said was said: Quotation in Hul’q’umi’num’ narrative performance.

Zachary Gilkison

About me
I come from Pestun, the state of Washington, and my linguistics studies at SFU have brought me to the beautiful Cowichan Valley, where I am honored to be learning Hul’q’umi’num’ and using my computer skills to help create language materials.

My thesis
This thesis describes the use of quotation in Hul’q’umi’num’ narratives. Hul’q’umi’num’ is the Island dialect of Halkomelem spoken on the southeastern corner of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. Quotation varies in form throughout Hul’q’umi’num’ narratives, occurring as indirect quotation or a direct quotation in varying strength of theatricality marked by prosody and style. The variation in form is based on how the representation of the instance of speech contrasts with the surrounding narrative, where markedly different theatrical quotation signals high points in the discourse.

Keywords: Salish; Halkomelem; prosody; discourse; pragmatics