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By Antoine Guillaume

This e-book 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 kin, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the broad fieldwork carried out by way of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and in line with typical discourse facts, the grammar provides an in depth and copiously exemplified account of such a lot elements of the language, build up from easy degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra complete description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language incorporates a variety of strange good points that might be of curiosity to typologist linguists, resembling an strange pitch accessory procedure, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an elaborate predicate constitution, a procedure of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a unusual prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique elements and a fancy process of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar may also be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently designated grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages should be comparable, particularly the Panoan family members, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants heritage of this a part of South America.

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