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The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia : Oxford Linguistics - R.M.W. Dixon

The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia

Oxford Linguistics

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This is the first account of Jarawara, a Southern Amazonia language of great complexity and unusual interest, and now spoken by less than two hundred people. It has only two open lexical classes, noun and verb, and a closed adjective class with fourteen members which can only modify a noun. Verbs have a complex structure with three prefix and some twenty-five suffix slots. There is an eleven-term tense-modal system with an evidentiality contrast (eyewitness/non-eyewitness) in the three past tenses. Of the two genders, feminine and masculine, feminine is unmarked. There are at least eight types of subordinate clause constructions, including complement clauses, relative clauses, coreferential dependent clauses, and 'when', 'if', 'due to the lack of' and 'because of' clauses.There are only eleven consonants and four vowels but an extensive set of ordered phonological rules of lenition, vowel assimilation and unstressed syllable omission. There are four imperative inflections (with different meanings) and three explicit interrogative suffixes within the mood system. The book is entirely based on field work by the authors.

`This is, in many ways, a near-perfect model of how a descriptive grammar of ANY language should be presented. Although the grammatical treatment and exposition are excellent, for me, one of the best parts of the book are the examples and how they are presented.' Michael W Morgan `Who said a descriptive grammar should not also be a good read?' Michael W Morgan

1: INTRODUCTION: THE LANGUAGE AND ITS SPEAKERS 2: PHONOLOGY 3: GRAMMATICAL OVERVIEW 4: PREDICATE STRUCTURE - GENERAL 5: PREDICATE STRUCTURE - MISCELLANEOUS SUFFIXES 6: PREDICATE STRUCTURE - THE TENSE-MODAL SYSTEM 7: PREDICATE STRUCTURE - SECONDARY VERBS, MOOD AND NEGATION 8: VERBAL DERIVATIONS - CAUSATIVE AND APPLICATIVE 9: VERBAL REDUPLICATION 10: NOUN PHRASE STRUCTURE 11: POSSESSED NOUNS, AND ADJECTIVES 12: DEMONSTRATIVES AND RELATED FORMS 13: COPULA CLAUSES 14: STRUCTURE OF A VERBAL MAIN CLAUSE 15: COMMANDS AND QUESTIONS 16: A-CONSTRUCTIONS AND O-CONSTRUCTIONS 17: COMPLEMENT CLAUSES 18: DEPENDENT CLAUSES 19: NOMINALISED CLAUSES 20: PERIPHERAL MARKER jaa AND ni-jaa 21: OTHER PERIPHERAL MARKERS 22: THE RELATIONAL NOUN ihi/ehene 'DUE TO, BECAUSE OF' 23: LIST CONSTRUCTIONS 24: SYNTACTIC ORGANISATION 25: WORD CLASS DERIVATIONS 26: TOPICS IN SEMANTICS 27: PREHISTORY

ISBN: 9780199270675
ISBN-10: 0199270678
Series: Oxford Linguistics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 664
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 17.8  x 4.1
Weight (kg): 1.29