Download PDF by Marian Klamer: A Grammar of Teiwa (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL])

By Marian Klamer

ISBN-10: 3110226065

ISBN-13: 9783110226065

Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in jap Indonesia, positioned simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is extremely endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are truly with regards to one another, as indicated by way of the various obvious cognates and the very comparable pronominal paradigms discovered around the staff, their genetic dating to different Papuan languages continues to be debatable. positioned a few 1,000 km from their putative Papuan acquaintances at the New Guinea mainland, the Alor-Pantar languages are the main far-off westerly Papuan outliers. A grammar of Teiwa provides a grammatical description of 1 of those 'outlier' languages.

The publication is based as a reference grammar: after a normal creation at the language, it audio system and the linguistic state of affairs on Alor and Pantar, the grammar builds up from an outline of the language's phonology and notice sessions to its higher grammatical materials and their mutual family members: nominal words, serial verb structures, clauses, clause mixtures, and data constitution. whereas many Papuan languages are morphologically complicated, Teiwa is sort of analytic: it has just one paradigm of item marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis prestige. different typologically fascinating gains of the language comprise: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and prevents, that is bizarre for languages of jap Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs: transitive verbs choose a unmarried (animate or inanimate) item, whereas the extra player is expressed with a separate predicate; and (iii) the absence of morpho-syntactically encoded embedded clauses. A grammar of Teiwa relies on basic box info, amassed through the writer in 2003-2007. a range of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and note lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

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