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 zone within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system commonly marry a person talking a special language, and consequently most folk are fluent in 5 or 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 good points of the language contain: an array of classifiers autonomous of genders, complicated serial verbs, case marking counting on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of quantity. Tariana has compulsory evidentiality: each sentence features a distinct point indicating no matter if the knowledge was once noticeable, heard, or inferred by way of the speaker, or no matter if the speaker got it from some other person. This grammar can be a worthy source-book for linguists and others drawn to common languages.

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