Linda K. Watts is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, where she teaches courses in Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Linguistics. In addition to her work on Zuni relational terminology and social organization, she has contributed to the growing body of research literature on traditional cultural models of Native American substance dependency and recovery.
2001 0-7734-7660-1 The author conducted ethnolinguistic fieldwork at Zuni Pueblo, New Mexico, focussed on the folk semantics, linguistic composition and reported situational use of Zuni relational terminology. A social semiotic analysis relates these ethnolinguistic data to a revisionist, cultural model of Zuni social organization. Rather than a situation of wholesale cultural and linguistic loss due to acculturative influences such as Kroeber had asserted in 1917, this study finds a high degree of persistence in traditional patterns of Zuni social integration as reflected in the contemporary meanings and use of Zuni relational terminology.