New PDF release: A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge

By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

ISBN-10: 0521028868

ISBN-13: 9780521028868

ISBN-10: 0521826640

ISBN-13: 9780521826648

it is a entire reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant sector within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system regularly marry an individual conversing a special language, and accordingly most folk are fluent in 5 - 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a few good points inherited from the protolanguage with houses subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange gains of the language contain: an array of classifiers autonomous 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 encompasses a specific point indicating no matter if the data used to be noticeable, heard, or inferred through the speaker, or even if the speaker received it from some other person. This grammar could be a important source-book for linguists and others attracted to normal languages.

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