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LINGUIST List 19.2676

Wed Sep 03 2008

Books: Language Documentation: Guillaume

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        1.    Julia Ulrich, A Grammar of Cavineña: Guillaume

Message 1: A Grammar of Cavineña: Guillaume
Date: 03-Sep-2008
From: Julia Ulrich <julia.ulrichdegruyter.com>
Subject: A Grammar of Cavineña: Guillaume
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Title: A Grammar of Cavineña
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] 44
Published: 2008
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sp/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110188424-1

Author: Antoine Guillaume
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110188424 Pages: 900 Price: Europe EURO 148.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110188424 Pages: 900 Price: U.S. $ 237.00 Comment: For orders placed in North America only.

This book is a detailed high-quality descriptive grammar of the endangered
Cavineña language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken in the Amazonian
rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, an area where the indigenous languages are
virtually unknown. Cavineña belongs to the Tacanan family, comprising five
languages, none of which has been the subject of an adequate descriptive

The grammar is based mostly on the extensive fieldwork conducted by the
author in traditional Cavineña communities. Cast in the
functional-typological framework, and based on natural discourse data, the
grammar presents a detailed and copiously exemplified account of most
aspects of the language, building up from basic levels (phonetic and
phonological) to higher levels (morphological and syntactic), and from
brief descriptions of each level to a more comprehensive description of the
same level in specific chapters.

The language contains a number of unusual features that will be of interest
to typologist linguists, such as an unusual pitch accent system, a
morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an intricate predicate
structure, a system of verbal suffixes coding associated motion, a peculiar
prefix e that attaches to nouns coding body parts and a complex system of
second position clitic pronouns.

The grammar will also be of interest to historical-comparative linguists,
as for the first time one has sufficiently detailed grammatical information
to make possible a reliable comparison with other languages with which
Tacanan languages might be related, in particular the Panoan family, and to
serve as input into hypotheses regarding the population history of this
part of South America.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Cavineña (cav)

Written In: English (eng )

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