Language contact in Caquetá and Putumayo river basins in Northwest Amazonia

Wojtylak, Kasia (2018) Language contact in Caquetá and Putumayo river basins in Northwest Amazonia. In: [Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas]. From: SSILA 2018: Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas: Genealogical and Areal linguistics, 4-7 January 2018, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

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Abstract

The area between the Caquetá and Putumayo (C-P) River Basins, spanning southern Colombia and northern Peru, is loosely defined in the literature as the ‘People of the Centre cultural complex’ (Echeverri, 1997). It consists of eight ethnolinguistic groups that belong to three distinct language families (Witotoan, Boran, and Arawak), plus one isolate (Andoque). Traditionally, these groups lived next to each other, and displayed relative cultural homogeneity (Eriksen, 2011). The C-P languages share a daunting number of linguistic traits, including nominal classification, evidentiality, and differential object marking. Why so? This paper will report on work currently underway to uncover the patterns of contact-induced change between the extant languages in the C-P area.

Item ID: 52758
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2018 23:17
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 50%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200406 Language in Time and Space (incl Historical Linguistics, Dialectology) @ 10%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200405 Language in Culture and Society (Sociolinguistics) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 40%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950506 Understanding the Past of the Americas @ 60%
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