A Grammar of Cavineña (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by Antoine Guillaume

By Antoine Guillaume

This ebook is a close high 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 almost unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan family members, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an sufficient descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the wide fieldwork carried out via the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and in accordance with traditional discourse info, the grammar offers a close and copiously exemplified account of so much facets of the language, increase from uncomplicated degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra accomplished description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language incorporates a variety of strange beneficial properties that might be of curiosity to typologist linguists, equivalent to an strange pitch accessory procedure, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an difficult predicate constitution, a method of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a weird prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique elements and a posh procedure of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can also be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently distinctive grammatical info to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages should be similar, particularly the Panoan family members, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants background of this a part of South America.

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