Table of Contents

1) Language, Culture, Mind: Emblems of the Status Human
Converting desire into pain
Questions, concerns, conundrums
Intentionality: mental states, speech acts, and social statuses
Ethnographic context
Linguistic categories
Expository logic and chapter outline

2) Inalienable Possessions: What Hearts, Mothers, and Shadows Have in Common
Resonance between relations
The grammatical category of inalienable possessions
The semantic extension of inalienable possessions
The pragmatic function of inalienable possessions
Inalienable possession as a discursive category
Ontological classification and individuation, historical and biographical tracing
Possessed-heart constructions and intentionality
Role-enabled and role-enabling reflexivity
Baptism, marriage, and gift-giving
Illness cures and fright
Inalienable wealth and personage in the work of Marcel Mauss

3) Interclausal Relations: How to Enclose a Mind by Disclosing a Sign
Emblemeticity, iconicity, and intentionality
Semantic classes of complement-taking predicates
Morphosyntactic classes of complement-taking predicates
Operator scope and interclausal tightness
Semantics and grammar of possessed-heart predicates: locating psyche
Usage of possessed-heart constructions
The ontology and epistemology of intentionality

4) Myths about Time and Theories of Mind: Why the Moon Married the Sun
Temporality as a notional domain
Introduction to the system used for describing temporal relations
Predicates: inherent aspect and verbal inflection
Temporal adverbs and adpositions
Temporality: from linguistic encoding to cultural framing
Inalienable possessions and the tension between containers and contents
Sun and moon as both narrated figures and temporal grounds
People and things in relation to identifying descriptions and intentional horizons

5) Other Minds and Possible Worlds: When Psychological Depth is Dialogical Breadth
Grammatical categories and participant roles
Morphological properties of the modal clitics
Semantic properties of the modal clitics
Pragmatic properties of the modal clitics
Afactive status: tana
Optative status: taxaq
Factive status: pe'
Counterfactive status: raj
From status to evidentiality: commitment events and source events
Meta-stances and subjectivity

6) Interjections: Why the Centre of Emotion is at the Edge of Language
Grammatical form of interjections
The meaning of interjections
Extended ethnographic examples
Relative frequency of various functions
Relation to mind and emotion in linguistic theory
Why are interjections so easily analysed in terms of emotions?
Meta-language and ethnopsychology among speakers of Q'eqchi'
Semantic class of predicates used to gloss interjections
The relation between imperatives and implements

7) Conclusion: Natural Constructions and Social Kinds
Methodology as theory