By Antoine Guillaume
This booklet is an in depth 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 relations, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the large fieldwork carried out by way of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and in line with average discourse information, the grammar offers an in depth and copiously exemplified account of so much points of the language, increase from simple degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra entire description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language features a variety of strange good points that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, corresponding to an strange pitch accessory approach, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an elaborate 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 process of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently distinct grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages may be comparable, specifically the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants heritage of this a part of South America.
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