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 kin, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the huge fieldwork carried out by means of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and in keeping with typical discourse information, the grammar provides a close and copiously exemplified account of such a lot facets of the language, increase from uncomplicated degrees (phonetic and phonological) to better degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra finished description of an identical point in particular chapters. The language incorporates a variety of strange good points that might be of curiosity to typologist linguists, reminiscent of an strange pitch accessory approach, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an complicated predicate constitution, a approach of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a particular causative of involvement marker, a unusual prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a fancy 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 unique grammatical info to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages may be comparable, specifically the Panoan kin, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants background of this a part of South America.

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