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Books: Typology/Language Description, Teribe: Quesada

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Message 1: A Grammar of Teribe: Quesada

Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 18:59:29 +0000
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Subject: A Grammar of Teribe: Quesada

Title: A Grammar of Teribe
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 36
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH		 
Author: J. Diego Quesada, University of Toronto 

Paperback: ISBN: 3895866717, Pages: 200, Price: EUR 67.70
Comment: USD / GBP according to daily exchange rates

This is the first comprehensive description of the grammatical
structure of Teribe, a language of Panama, and a member of the
Chibchan family of languages, which covers a wide area ranging from
Northeastern Honduras, through the Atlantic of Nicaragua, most of
Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, to the West of Venezuela. Spoken by some
1,000 people, Teribe is at present potentially, though not severely,
endangered. This grammar fills a lacuna in a twofold manner: it
provides an extensive account of the structure of Teribe, and in doing
so, it reduces the number of Central American Chibchan languages being
undescribed. This grammar is thus intended as a contribution to the
description of the language at three levels: a. language-immanent;
b. Chibchan comparative grammar; c. documentation of endangered
languages, especially those of the American continent. Teribe is both
a clear representative of the "Central American" features of the
Chibchan languages (numeral classifiers, limited agreement, no
evidentials), and idiosyncratic within these languages (having such
phenomena as an inverse construction and verb serialization). The
research for this book was funded in its entirety by the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. (2nd printing)

Lingfield(s): Amerindian (Typology)
Subject Language(s): Teribe (Language Code: TFR)
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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