The INs and ONs of Tzeltal locative expressions: the semantics of static descriptions of location

  title={The INs and ONs of Tzeltal locative expressions: the semantics of static descriptions of location},
  author={Penelope E. Brown},
L'A. examine la maniere dont les relations spatiales topologiques statiques (continuite, contact) sont exprimees en tzeltal. Elle presente trois systemes tzeltal servant a decrire les relations spatiales 

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