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By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

ISBN-10: 0521028868

ISBN-13: 9780521028868

ISBN-10: 0521826640

ISBN-13: 9780521826648

it is a entire reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant area within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system commonly marry anyone talking a special language, and hence most folks are fluent in 5 - 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a few beneficial properties inherited from the protolanguage with homes subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange positive factors of the language comprise: an array of classifiers autonomous of genders, complicated 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 specified point indicating no matter if the knowledge was once obvious, heard, or inferred through the speaker, or even if the speaker received it from someone else. This grammar can be a worthwhile source-book for linguists and others drawn to ordinary languages.

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