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Tue Aug 12 2003

Books: Lang Description, Tariana: Aikenvald

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Message 1: A Grammar of Tariana: Aikenvald

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 11:03:33 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: A Grammar of Tariana: Aikenvald

Title: A Grammar of Tariana
Series Title: Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press	
Book URL:
Author: Alexandra Y. Aikenvald, La Trobe University, Bundora,

Hardback: ISBN: 0521826640, Pages: 730, Price: $100.00
The speakers of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from the
northwest Amazonian jungle, traditionally marry someone speaking a
different language; therefore, most are fluent in five or six
languages. This comprehensive grammar reveals how Tariana combines its
own features with those borrowed from neighboring languages because of
the rampant multilingualism. The language has many unusual properties,
making this grammar a valuable sourcebook for linguists and others
interested in natural languages.


1. The language and its speakers; 2. Phonology; 3. Word classes;
4. Nominal morphology and noun structure; 5. Noun classes and
classifiers; 6. Possession; 7. Case marking and grammatical relations;
8. Number; 9. Further nominal categories; 0. Derivation and
compounding; 11. Closed word classes; 12. Verb classes and predicate
structure; 13. Valency changing and argument rearranging mechanisms;
4. Tense and evidentiality; 15. Aspect, Aktionsart and degree;
16. Mood and modality; 17. Negation; 18. Serial verb constructions and
verb compounding; 19. Complex predicates; 20. Participles and
nominalisations; 21. Clause types and other syntactic issues;
22. Subordinate clauses and clause linking; 23. Relative clauses;
24. Complement clauses; 25. Discourse organisation; 26. Issues in
etymology and semantics; Appendix: The main features of the Tariana
dialects; Texts; Vocabulary; References; Index.
Lingfield(s): Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): Tariana (Language Code: TAE)

Written In: English (Language Code: English)

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