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Tariana Texts

Aikhenvald, Alexandra

Published by LINCOM, 1999
ISBN 10: 3895860786 / ISBN 13: 9783895860782
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Title: Tariana Texts

Publisher: LINCOM

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: Neu

Dust Jacket Condition: Gut

Edition: 1. Auflage


Tariana is an endangered North Arawak language now spoken by about a hundred people in the region of the river Vaupes, North-West Amazonia, Brazil. Though about 1.500 people of the region identify as 'ethnic' Tariana, the language was virtually lost one or two generations ago. Tariana is the only Arawak language spoken in the multilingual context of the Vaupes linguistic area, and it has suffered a heavy areal impact from Tucanoan languages. Typologically, it is a predominantly head-marking language with a few elements of dependent marking. It has several types of classifiers, and two genders, extensive verb serialization; complicated systems of tense, aspect, mood and evidentiality; and it combines elements of morphological ergativity and accusativity depending on discourse structure. The present collection contains twenty texts in Tariana with translation and interlinear glosses, and a vocabulary. These texts, collected by the author during three fieldtrips to the North-West Amazonia, are particularly important for studying the origins of Tarianas, their migration from the Içana river to the multilingual region of the Vaupes, and their identity as a people. ISBN 3895860786. Languages of the World/ Text Collections 07. 150pp. 1999. Bookseller Inventory # B-9783895860782

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