A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2003) A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia. Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.

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Abstract

This is a comprehensive reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a remote region in the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its speakers traditionally marry someone speaking a different language, and as a result most people are fluent in five or six languages. Because of this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a number of features inherited from the protolanguage with properties diffused from neighbouring but unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically unusual features of the language include: an array of classifiers independent of genders, complex serial verbs, case marking depending on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of number. Tariana has obligatory evidentiality: every sentence contains a special element indicating whether the information was seen, heard, or inferred by the speaker, or whether the speaker acquired it from somebody else. This grammar will be a valuable source-book for linguists and others interested in natural languages.

• Full reference grammar of a relatively undescribed and currently endangered language

• An account of the multilingualism resulting from strict traditions of exogamy and its effect on the structure of a language

• A description of varied unusual linguistic features in typological perspective (classifiers, evidentiality, serial verbs and many others)

Item ID: 9628
Item Type: Book (Research - A1)
ISBN: 978-0-521-82664-8
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2010 04:03
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