Language loss and language gain in Amazonia

Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y. (2020) Language loss and language gain in Amazonia. In: Fafulas, Stephen, (ed.) Amazonian Spanish Language Contact and Evolution. Issues in Hispanic and Lusophone Linguistics (23). John Benjamins Publishing, Amsterdam, NDL, pp. 7-34.

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Abstract

The Amazon Basin is renowned for its high linguistic diversity. The history of Amazonian languages has been marred with language extinction and loss ever since the European conquest. Newly emergent varieties of the national languages – Portuguese and Spanish – bear the substratum influence of the indigenous languages. In many Amazonian languages, the necessity of always marking how the speaker knows things and being precise is linked to the obligatory category of evidentiality – grammatical marking of information source. In numerous varieties of Amazonian and Andean Spanish, a pragmatic convention to state the information source accounts for the evidential overtones of dizque across South America, where it has become an established feature of language varieties transmitted to children

Item ID: 63006
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 9789027204981
Keywords: Amazonian languages, linguistic diversity, evidentiality, language contact, ethnolect
Date Deposited: 24 Jul 2020 03:20
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture @ 100%
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