Read e-book online A Grammar of Cavineña (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) PDF

By Antoine Guillaume

This e-book is an in depth fine quality 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 kinfolk, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the broad fieldwork performed via the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and according to normal discourse facts, the grammar provides a close and copiously exemplified account of such a lot points of the language, build up from simple degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra finished description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language incorporates a variety of strange gains that might be of curiosity to typologist linguists, corresponding to an strange pitch accessory method, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an elaborate predicate constitution, a approach of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a unusual prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a posh procedure of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar may also be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently specified grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages may be comparable, particularly the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants background of this a part of South America.

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