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By Antoine Guillaume

This booklet is an in depth fine 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 almost unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan relatives, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an sufficient descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the wide fieldwork carried out by way of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. forged within the functional-typological framework, and in line with ordinary discourse info, the grammar offers a close and copiously exemplified account of such a lot points of the language, build up from simple degrees (phonetic and phonological) to raised degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra finished description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language encompasses a variety of strange positive aspects that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, comparable to an strange pitch accessory procedure, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an problematic predicate constitution, a approach of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a particular causative of involvement marker, a weird prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique elements and a posh process of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently precise grammatical info to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages will be comparable, specifically the Panoan kinfolk, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants background of this a part of South America.

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