A Grammar of Cavineña (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by Antoine Guillaume PDF

By Antoine Guillaume

This ebook is a close top of the range descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavineña language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken within the Amazonian rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, a space the place the indigenous languages are nearly unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan relations, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the wide fieldwork performed by way of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and in accordance with traditional discourse information, the grammar provides an in depth and copiously exemplified account of so much facets of the language, increase from easy degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra entire description of an identical point in particular chapters. The language incorporates a variety of strange positive aspects that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, akin to an strange pitch accessory method, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an difficult predicate constitution, a method of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a weird prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique elements and a posh process of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently particular grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages should be similar, particularly the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants heritage of this a part of South America.

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