Date: 20-Apr-2007 From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de> Subject: A Grammar of River Warihío: Armendáriz
Title: A Grammar of River Warihío
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 56
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
Author: Rolando Félix Armendáriz
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895864735 Pages: 207 Price: Europe EURO 65.00
Warihío is a spoken Uto-Aztecan language with two dialects. Upland Warihío is found in the mountains of Chihuahua. River Warihío is spoken along the Mayo River in Sonora, Mexico. Together with Yaqui, Mayo and the various Tarahumara dialects, Warihío makes up the Taracahitic sub-group of the Sonoran branch of Uto-Aztecan. All field and supporting data here come from the River dialect.
This grammatical outline touches on all major aspects of River Warihío, including a brief description of its phonology, major and minor word classes, simple sentence structure, voice, and complex sentences structure. The description and analysis of voice phenomena, including passives, causatives, and applicatives, follows Shibatani's theoretical framework. Also included is a brief section comparing some relevant aspects of Warihío grammar with Uto-Aztecan languages.
River Warihío exhibits some interesting features contrasting with the rest of the Uto-Aztecan family, including morpho-syntactic features theoretico-typological relevant. River Warihío's flexible, pragmatically motivated constituent order plus it lack of coding properties for grammatical relations make this an unusual language both within the Uto-Aztecan family as well as cross-linguistically.