Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald's A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge PDF

By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

ISBN-10: 0521028868

ISBN-13: 9780521028868

ISBN-10: 0521826640

ISBN-13: 9780521826648

this can be a finished reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant quarter within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system often marry a person conversing a distinct language, and consequently most folk are fluent in 5 - 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a couple of beneficial properties inherited from the protolanguage with houses subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange gains of the language contain: an array of classifiers self sustaining of genders, complicated serial verbs, case marking counting on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of quantity. Tariana has compulsory evidentiality: each sentence encompasses a specific aspect indicating even if the data used to be visible, heard, or inferred by means of the speaker, or even if the speaker bought it from some other person. This grammar can be a precious source-book for linguists and others attracted to typical languages.

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