LINGUIST List 13.2885

Fri Nov 8 2002

Books: Language Description:Tariana Texts,Aikhenvald

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Message 1: Tariana Texts, Alexandra Aikhenvald

Date: 06 Nov 2002 19:24 GMT
Subject: Tariana Texts, Alexandra Aikhenvald

Tariana Texts 
Alexandra Aikhenvald 
Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, 
La Trobe University 

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 I�ana river to the multilingual region of the
Vaupes, and their identity as a people.

ISBN 3 89586 078 6. (2nd printing)
Languages of the World/Text Collections 07
150 pp. USD 49.90 / EUR 40.50 / GBP 29.20. 

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