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A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia

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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521028868

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  • The speakers of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from the northwest Amazonian jungle, traditionally marry someone speaking a different language; therefore, most are fluent in five or six languages. This comprehensive grammar reveals how Tariana combines its own features with those borrowed from neighboring languages because of the rampant multilingualism. The language has many unusual properties, making this grammar a valuable sourcebook for linguists and others interested in natural languages.

    • Full reference grammar of a relatively undescribed and currently endangered language
    • An account of the multilingualism resulting from strict traditions of exogamy and its effect on the structure of a language
    • A description of varied unusual linguistic features in typological perspective (classifiers, evidentiality, serial verbs and many others)
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[...]a masterly piece of work[...]useful to the ordinary working linguist[...]It can be used as a model for writing a detailed technical grammar of an unusual language. It is an excellent model for anyone who must write a grammar of a severely endangered language, especially when the grammar is likely to be THE scholarly repository for all human time of that language's structure."
    -Terry Malone, SIL

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521028868
    • length: 732 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 37 mm
    • weight: 1.14kg
    • contains: 1 map 58 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, schemes and diagrams
    Organisation and cross-referencing
    List of abbreviations
    1. The language and its speakers
    2. Phonology
    3. Word classes
    4. Nominal morphology and noun structure
    5. Noun classes and classifiers
    6. Possession
    7. Case marking and grammatical relations
    8. Number
    9. Further nominal categories
    10. Derivation and compounding
    11. Closed word classes
    12. Verb classes and predicate structure
    13. Valency changing and argument rearranging mechanisms
    14. Tense and evidentiality
    15. Aspect, Aktionsart and degree
    16. Mood and modality
    17. Negation
    18. Serial verb constructions and verb compounding
    19. Complex predicates
    20. Participles and nominalisations
    21. Clause types and other syntactic issues
    22. Subordinate clauses and clause linking
    23. Relative clauses
    24. Complement clauses
    25. Discourse organisation
    26. Issues in etymology and semantics

  • Author

    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, La Trobe University, Victoria
    Alexandra Aikhenvald is Professor of Linguistics and Associate Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. Her books include Language Contact in Amazonia (2003) and The Amazonian languages (co-edited with R. M. W. Dixon, Cambridge University Press, 1999). She has done extensive fieldwork on numerous Arawak languages from Brazil and has published a collection of texts in Tariana and also a Tariana-Portuguese dictionary.

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