Semantics and pragmatics of grammatical relations in the Vaupés linguistic area

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2007) Semantics and pragmatics of grammatical relations in the Vaupés linguistic area. In: Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y., and Dixon, R.M.W., (eds.) Grammars in Contact: a cross-linguistic typology. Explorations in Lingusitic Typology, 4 . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 237-266.

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[Extract] The Vaupés Basin in north-west Amazonia (spanning adjacent areas of Brazil and Colombia) is a well-established linguistic area. Its major feature is an obligatory societal multilingualism which follows the principle of linguistic exogamy: 'those who speak the same language with us are our brothers, and we do not marry our sisters'. Marrying someone who belongs to the same language group is considered akin to incest and referred to as 'this is what dogs do'.1 Language affiliation is inherited from one's father, and is a badge of identity for each person.

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ISBN: 978-0-19-920783-1
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 06:04
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200407 Lexicography @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 100%
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