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This first major study of any Chapakuran language offers a unique, comprehensive grammatical description of Wari, covering syntax, negation, morphology, phonology, ideophone/interjection and lexicon. This grammar is especially important as Wari and all the Chapakuran languages are currently threatened with extinction; the known speakers of these languages, natives of Western Brazil and Eastern Bolivia, number less than 2,000.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415009997
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Series: Descriptive Grammars Series
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.31 (d)

Table of Contents

0 Overview of 'Oro Nao' Grammar 1
1 Syntax 10
1.1 General questions 10
1.2 Structural questions 117
1.3 Coordination 159
1.4 Negation 172
1.5 Anaphora 180
1.6 Reflexives 189
1.7 Reciprocals 191
1.8 Comparison 193
1.9 Equative 196
1.10 Possession 198
1.11 Emphasis 199
1.12 Topic and thematic marking 212
1.13 Heavy shift 218
1.14 Other movement processes 218
1.15 Minor sentence types 218
1.16 Operational definitions for word classes 220
2 Morphology 223
2.1 Inflection 223
2.2 Derivational morphology 355
3 Phonology 395
3.1 Phonological units (segments) 395
3.2 Phonotactics 410
3.3 Suprasegmentals 416
3.4 Morphophonology (segmental) 419
3.5 Morphophonology (suprasegmental) 426
4 Ideophones and Interjections 427
4.1 Ideophones 427
4.2 Interjections 433
5 Lexicon 434
5.1 Structured semantic fields 434
5.2 Basic vocabulary 452
6 Texts 460
6.1 Wirin - the origin of corn 460
6.2 How a man becomes a shaman 482
References 513
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