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LINGUIST List 18.2958

Wed Oct 10 2007

Books: Language Description/Morphology/Typology: Leavitt

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Passamaquoddy-Maliseet: Leavitt


Message 1: Passamaquoddy-Maliseet: Leavitt
Date: 24-Sep-2007
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Passamaquoddy-Maliseet: Leavitt
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Title: Passamaquoddy-Maliseet
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 27
Published: 2007
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Robert Leavitt
Paperback: ISBN: 3895861065 Pages: 60 Price: Europe EURO 37.00
Abstract:

Passamaquoddy-Maliseet is an eastern Algonquian language, with about 500
speakers today in Maine (USA) and New Brunswick (Canada). This sketch
outlines the fundamental features of the language. Passamaquoddy-Maliseet
has five vowel sounds and twelve consonants, with pitch and stress also
distinctive. Words are composed of roots; a typical verb, for example,
contains verbal, nominal, adjectival, and adverbial roots, as well as
number, tense, and other grammatical markings. The stems and inflections of
transitive verbs are differentiated by grammatical gender, animate or
inanimate, according to that of the direct object, while intransitive verbs
agree in gender with the subject. Other words include nouns, pronouns and
uninflected particles. Particular features of the language include the
regular syncope of syllables containing unstressed schwa, the use of
absentative forms of nouns and verbs, the division of third persons into
two grammatical categories to indicate narrative focus, the reanalysis of
many participles as nouns, the marking of intransitive verbs for use with
direct objects, and speaker-centred construction of space and time.

2nd printing.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
                            Morphology
                            Typology

Subject Language(s): Malecite-Passamaquoddy (pqm)

Written In: English (eng )

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