Guillaume, Antoine's A Grammar of Cavinena PDF

By Guillaume, Antoine

ISBN-10: 3110188422

ISBN-13: 9783110188424

This e-book is an in depth top quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavine?±a language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken within the Amazonian rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, a space the place the indigenous languages are nearly unknown. Cavine?±a belongs to the Tacanan kin, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an sufficient descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the huge fieldwork performed via the writer in conventional Cavine?±a groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and in response to common discourse facts, the grammar offers an in depth and copiously exemplified account of so much features of the language, build up 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 a similar point in particular chapters. The language includes a variety of strange good points that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, similar to an strange pitch accessory approach, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes?  case markers, an elaborate predicate constitution, a approach of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a weird prefix e?  that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a posh method of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can also be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently certain grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages will be similar, particularly the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants background of this a part of South the US.

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Victor Tavo Mayo Victor Tavo Mayo Griselda Cartagena Victor Tavo Mayo Alfredo Tavo Alfredo Tavo ? Alfredo Tavo Eli Mayo ? Victor Tavo Mayo ? Elio Tavo Alfredo Tavo Gregorio Yubanera Francisco Vaca Carmelo Camaconi, Osman Rutani, Elio Tavo, Vidal Mayo, Santiago Tavo, Antonio Yubanera Francisco Vaca recorded text recorded text recorded text Tabo Mayo (1978) written text written text recorded text written text Tavo Mayo (1977) recorded text Tavo Mayo (1977) Tabo Mayo (1978) C&L (1973) written text recorded text Tavo Mayo (1977) written text Liccardi (1983) recorded text recorded text Tabo Mayo (1978) recorded text recorded text recorded text recorded text C&L (1972) Tavo Mayo (1977) Tavo Mayo (1977) recorded text Tavo Mayo (1977) recorded text written text C&L (1972) written text recorded text C&L (1973) Tavo Mayo (1977) C&L (1972) recorded text recorded text recorded text written text recorded conversation written text 22 1.

He and I were given a house in the village. The time was spent recording new texts and revising a draft of this grammar. Unfortunately, Alfredo had to leave after 2 weeks. Emerenciano Sepa, a young man of about 35 years old, was asked to take over Alfredo’s task in helping me revise the grammar and transcribe texts, which he did perfectly. 8. Corpus The corpus for this study consists of the following types of data: 1 — 59 recorded, transcribed and translated texts (about 3,800 sentences). Two of these texts are provided with morpheme breaks, glosses and free translations in the appendix to the grammar; 2 — 4 recorded, transcribed and translated conversations (about 800 sentences); 3 — 20 texts written by my language consultants: 11 texts by Alfredo and 9 texts by Francisco (about 680 sentences); 4 — 65 published texts: 20 texts in Tavo Mayo (1977), 17 texts in Tabo Mayo (1978), one text in Camp (1982), 3 texts in Liccardi (1983), 14 texts in Camp and Liccardi (1972) and 10 texts in Camp and Liccardi (1973) (about 3,500 sentences); 5 — fieldnote examples (obtained either in controlled settings — elicited or volunteered — or through participant observation): about 3,650 sentences (613 sentences in 1997, 952 sentences in 1998, 530 sentences in 2000, 560 sentences in 2001 and 1,000 sentences in 2003); 6 — sentences from the Camp and Liccardi’s (1989) dictionary (about 3,000 sentences).

6 1. The language and its speakers tween the Cavineñas and enemies, generally identified as the ancestors of the present-day Ese Ejjas (from the same Tacanan linguistic family). The first contact with the Western World was probably made in the middle of the 18th century by Spanish Franciscan Catholic missionaries, who had already established a number of missions at the foot of the Andes, such as Ixiamas, Tumupasa, San José de Uchupiamonas and Apolo. These missions were located in the actual Tacana territory (see Map 1) and had the purpose of expending their influence into the northern plains.

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