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LINGUIST List 17.3365

Fri Nov 17 2006

Books: Syntax: Aikhenvald

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joyce Reid, A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia: Aikhenvald

Message 1: A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia: Aikhenvald
Date: 12-Nov-2006
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia: Aikhenvald

Title: A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia
Series Title: Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions
Published: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Author: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Paperback: ISBN: 0521028868 Pages: 729 Price: U.K. £ 40.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521028868 Pages: 729 Price: U.S. $ 70.00

This is a comprehensive reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak
language from a remote region in the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its
speakers traditionally marry someone speaking a different language, and as
a result most people are fluent in five or six languages. Because of this
rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a number of features inherited
from the protolanguage with properties diffused from neighbouring but
unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically unusual features of the
language include: an array of classifiers independent of genders, complex
serial verbs, case marking depending on the topicality of a noun, and
double marking of case and of number. Tariana has obligatory evidentiality:
every sentence contains a special element indicating whether the
information was seen, heard, or inferred by the speaker, or whether the
speaker acquired it from somebody else. This grammar will be a valuable
source-book for linguists and others interested in natural languages.

List of tables, schemes and diagrams;
Organisation and cross-referencing;
List of abbreviations;
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;
10. Derivation and compounding;
11. Closed word classes;
12. Verb classes and predicate structure;
13. Valency changing and argument rearranging mechanisms;
14. 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;

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): Tariano (tae)

Written In: English (eng )

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Georgetown University Press http://www.press.georgetown.edu
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