A Grammar of Cavinena (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] v. 44)

A Grammar of Cavinena (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] v. 44)

By: Antoine Guillaume (author)Hardback

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This book is a detailed high-quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavinena language of the Amazonian rainforest of northern Bolivia. Cavinena is spoken in an area where the indigenous languages are virtually unknown, namely Lowland Bolivia. Cavinena also belongs to a family, Tacanan, comprising five languages (Araona, Cavinena, Ese Ejja, Reyesano and Tacana), none of which has been the subject of an adequate descriptive grammar. The language contains a number of unusual features that will be of interest to typologist linguists, such as an unusual pitch accent system, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an intricate predicate structure, a system of verbal suffixes coding associated motion, a specific causative of involvement marker, a peculiar prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding body parts and a complex system of second position clitic pronouns.

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About Author

Antoine Guillaume, Universite Lumiere Lyon 2, France.

Contents

Contents List of plates List of tables xvii List of abbreviations xx Summary xxii Acknowledgments xxiv Maps xxvi 1 The language and its speakers 1 1.1. Geographic location 1 1.2. Sociolinguistic situation 3 1.3. Physical environment, subsistance and culture 4 1.4. History 6 1.5. Genetic affiliation 8 1.6. Bibliographic review 9 1.7. Fieldwork 12 1.8. Corpus 15 1.9. Linguistic type 17 1.10. Writing systems 19 Appendix to chapter 1 - List of example codes 20 2 Phonology 26 2.1. Consonants 26 2.1.1. Inventory 26 2.1.2. Phonetic realisations 27 2.1.3. Minimal pairs 30 2.2. Vowels 31 2.2.1. Inventory 31 2.2.2. Phonetic realisations 31 2.3. Foreign sounds 33 2.4. Syllable structure 34 2.5. Phonotactics 35 2.6. Justifying analytic choices 36 2.6.1. Complex consonants 36 2.6.2. Vowel sequences 38 2.6.3. Glides 39 2.7. Morpho-phonology 40 2.7.1. Palatalisation 41 2.7.2. Vowel deletion 41 2.7.3. Syllable deletion 41 2.7.4. Suffix deletion. 42 2.7.5. Clitic deletion 43 2.7.6. Vowel addition 43 2.8. Accentual system 44 2.9. Intonation 45 2.9.1. Utterance-final contour 45 2.9.2. Emphatic contour 47 2.9.3. Intensifier contour 47 2.10. Previous writing systems 48 3 Grammatical vs. phonological word 51 3.1. Criteria for grammatical vs. phonological word 51 3.1.1. Grammatical word 51 3.1.2. Phonological word 53 3.2. Mismatch between grammatical and phonological words 54 3.2.1. One phonological word = two (or more) grammatical words 54 3.2.2. One grammatical word = two phonological words 56 3.3. Mono-syllabic grammatical words 57 3.4. When a phonological word only consists of clitics 59 4 Grammatical overview 61 4.1. Word classes 61 4.2. Predicate and verbs 62 4.2.1. Predicate structure 63.

Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2007
  • ISBN13: 9783110188424
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 900
  • ID: 9783110188424
  • weight: 1555
  • ISBN10: 3110188422

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