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By Antoine Guillaume

This publication is a close top of the range 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 relations, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the broad fieldwork performed by way of the writer in conventional Cavineña groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and in line with ordinary discourse facts, the grammar offers a close and copiously exemplified account of such a lot elements of the language, build up from simple degrees (phonetic and phonological) to better degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra entire description of a similar point in particular chapters. The language encompasses a variety of strange positive factors that may be of curiosity to typologist linguists, similar to an strange pitch accessory process, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an difficult predicate constitution, a method of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a selected causative of involvement marker, a weird prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a fancy procedure of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar may also be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently certain grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages may be comparable, particularly the Panoan relations, and to function enter into hypotheses in regards to the inhabitants heritage of this a part of South America.

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