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R. M. W. Dixon, author of acclaimed grammars of Australian Aboriginal languages and Fijian, here describes the hauntingly complex structure of Jarawara, spoken by just 170 Indians. Professor Dixon shared their daily lives, deep in the Amazonian jungle, during seven field trips. He explains how their unusual language reflects their environment and their mental attitudes: for example, when someone describes something that has happened the grammar obliges that person to state whether or not he or she saw it happen. His account brings to life the culture of this tribe of slash-and-burn agriculturalists.
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"Fascinating... This book is a thorough descriptive grammar of the Jarawara language... Dixon's treatment of it is an important work to be added to the libraries of ANYONE doing comparative and/or typological study of languages...the grammatical treatment and exposition are excellent."--Linguist List 16.1940

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199270675
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/23/2004
  • Pages: 660
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

La Trobe University

Summer Institute of Linguistics, Porto Velho

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Table of Contents

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

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