A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

it is a accomplished reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant area within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system usually marry somebody talking a distinct language, and consequently most folks are fluent in 5 - 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a few beneficial properties inherited from the protolanguage with homes subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange positive aspects of the language comprise: an array of classifiers self sufficient 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 targeted aspect indicating no matter if the data used to be obvious, heard, or inferred by way of the speaker, or even if the speaker obtained it from someone else. This grammar might be a priceless source-book for linguists and others drawn to common languages.

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