How to copy your neighbours' ways: a cross-generational perspective on nominalizations in Tariana

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2018) How to copy your neighbours' ways: a cross-generational perspective on nominalizations in Tariana. STUF - Language Typology and Universals, 71 (1). pp. 73-98.

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Abstract

Tariana, an endangered Arawak language of north-western Amazonia (Brazil), has a number of strategies for nominalizing verbs. These include noun classifiers as word-class changing derivational markers, in addition a number of nominalizing suffixes. Nominalizations are a subclass of nouns, with their own set of special properties. As a consequence of areal diffusion from the neighboring and unrelated East-Tucanoan languages, Tariana nominalizations come to be used as complementation and relativization strategies. This is especially so for innovative speakers of Tariana who use Tucano on a daily basis, and whose language bears a strong imprint of Tucano, the main language of the region.

Item ID: 54397
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2196-7148
Keywords: Arawak languages; nominalizations; East Tucanoan languages; converbs; complementation strategy
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2018 01:16
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