A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia (Cambridge by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

it is a entire reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant sector within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system usually marry a person talking a distinct language, and for that reason most folk are fluent in 5 or 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a few positive aspects inherited from the protolanguage with houses subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange positive factors of the language contain: an array of classifiers autonomous of genders, advanced serial verbs, case marking counting on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of quantity. Tariana has compulsory evidentiality: each sentence incorporates a distinctive point indicating even if the knowledge used to be visible, heard, or inferred by way of the speaker, or even if the speaker obtained it from someone else. This grammar may be a worthwhile source-book for linguists and others drawn to usual languages.

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