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 accomplished reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant area within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system commonly marry an individual conversing a special language, and hence most folks are fluent in 5 - 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a couple of positive aspects inherited from the protolanguage with homes subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange positive aspects of the language contain: an array of classifiers self reliant of genders, complicated serial verbs, case marking looking on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of quantity. Tariana has compulsory evidentiality: each sentence includes a unique aspect indicating no matter if the data used to be noticeable, heard, or inferred via the speaker, or even if the speaker obtained it from some other person. This grammar can be a worthy source-book for linguists and others attracted to ordinary languages.

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