Released on 2010-12-14Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

HANDBOOK AMAZONIAN LANGUAGES

HANDBOOK AMAZONIAN LANGUAGES

Author: Desmond C. Derbyshire

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110822120

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 652

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The fourth volume in a series on the languages of Amazonia. This volume includes grammatical descriptions of Wai Wai, Warekena, a comparative survey of morphosyntactic features of the Tupi-Guarani languages, and a paper on interclausal reference phenomena in Amahuaca.
Released on 1991Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Handbook of Amazonian Languages

Handbook of Amazonian Languages

Author: Desmond C. Derbyshire

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3110128365

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 540

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The fourth volume in a series on the languages of Amazonia. This volume includes grammatical descriptions of Wai Wai, Warekena, a comparative survey of morphosyntactic features of the Tupi-Guarani languages, and a paper on interclausal reference phenomena in Amahuaca.
Released on 2018-08-15Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Nonverbal Predication in Amazonian Languages

Nonverbal Predication in Amazonian Languages

Author: Simon E. Overall

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company

ISBN: 9789027264244

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 415

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This volume explores typological variation within nonverbal predication in Amazonian languages. Using abundant data, generally from original and extensive fieldwork on under-described languages, it presents a far more detailed picture of nonverbal predication constructions than previously published grammatical descriptions. On the one hand, it addresses the fact that current typologies of nonverbal predication are less developed than those of verbal predication; on the other, it provides a wealth of new data and analyses of Amazonian languages, which are still poorly represented in existing typologies. Several contributions offer historical insights, either reconstructing the sources of innovative nonverbal predicate constructions, or describing diachronic pathways by which constructions used for nonverbal predication spread to other functions in the grammar. The introduction provides a modern typological overview, and also proposes a new diachronic typology to explain how distinct types of nonverbal predication arise.
Released on 2010-10-06Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork

Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork

Author: Shobhana L. Chelliah

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9789048190263

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 492

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The Handbook of Descriptive Linguistic Fieldwork is the most comprehensive reference on linguistic fieldwork on the market bringing together all the reader needs to carry out successful linguistic fieldwork. Based on the experiences of two veteran linguistic fieldworkers and advice from more than a twenty active fieldwork researchers, this handbook provides an encyclopedic review of current publications on linguistic fieldwork and surveys past and present approaches and solutions to problems in the field, and the historical, political, and social variables correlating with fieldwork in different areas of the world. The discussion of the ethical dimensions of fieldwork, as well as what constitutes the “typical” linguistic fieldwork setting or consultant is explored from multiple perspectives relevant to fieldwork on every continent. Included is information omitted in most other texts on the subject such as the collection, representation, management, and methods of extracting grammatical information from discourse and conversational data as well as the relationship between questionnaire-based elicitation, text-based elicitation, and philology, and the need for combinations of these methods. The book is useful before, during and after linguistic field trips since it provides extensive practical macro and micro organization and planning fieldwork tips as well as a handy sketch of major typological features for use in linguistic analysis. Comprehensive references are provided at the end of each chapter as resources relevant to the reader's particular interests.
Released on 2011-03-24Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

The Cambridge Handbook of Endangered Languages

Author: Peter K. Austin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139500838

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page:

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It is generally agreed that about 7,000 languages are spoken across the world today and at least half may no longer be spoken by the end of this century. This state-of-the-art Handbook examines the reasons behind this dramatic loss of linguistic diversity, why it matters, and what can be done to document and support endangered languages. The volume is relevant not only to researchers in language endangerment, language shift and language death, but to anyone interested in the languages and cultures of the world. It is accessible both to specialists and non-specialists: researchers will find cutting-edge contributions from acknowledged experts in their fields, while students, activists and other interested readers will find a wealth of readable yet thorough and up-to-date information.
Released on 2010Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

Modality and Subordinators

Modality and Subordinators

Author: Jackie Nordstrom

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027205834

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 365

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This book connects two linguistic phenomena, modality and subordinators, so that both are seen in a new light, each adding to the understanding of the other. It argues that general subordinators (or complementizers) denote propositional modality (otherwise expressed by moods such as the indicative-subjunctive and epistemic-evidential modal markers). The book explores the hypothesis both on a cross-linguistic and on a language-branch specific level (the Germanic languages). One obvious connection between the indicative-subjunctive distinction and subordinators is that the former is typically manifested in subordinate clauses. Furthermore, both the indicative-subjunctive and subordinators determine clause types. More importantly, however, it is shown, through data from various languages, that subordinators themselves often denote the indicative-subjunctive distinction. In the Germanic languages, there is variation in many clause types between both the indicative and the subjunctive and "that" and "if "depending on the speaker s and/or the subject s certainty of the truth of the proposition."
Released on 2004-10-07Categories Language Arts & Disciplines

The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia

The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia

Author: R. M. W. Dixon

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191515071

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 660

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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.