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By Antoine Guillaume

This publication is a close top quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavineña language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken within the Amazonian rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, a space the place the indigenous languages are nearly unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan kin, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an sufficient descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the broad fieldwork carried out through the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and in response to common discourse info, the grammar provides an in depth and copiously exemplified account of such a lot points of the language, increase from uncomplicated degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra accomplished description of a similar point in particular chapters. The language encompasses a variety of strange gains that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, akin to an strange pitch accessory procedure, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an tricky predicate constitution, a procedure of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a weird prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a posh procedure of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently distinct grammatical info to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages will be comparable, specifically the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants heritage of this a part of South America.

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