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Mon Feb 15 2010

Books: Phonology/Typology/General Linguistics: Granberry

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Speaking Sitimaxa - A Learner's Grammar and Reader: Granberry

Message 1: Speaking Sitimaxa - A Learner's Grammar and Reader: Granberry
Date: 25-Jan-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Speaking Sitimaxa - A Learner's Grammar and Reader: Granberry
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Title: Speaking Sitimaxa - A Learner's Grammar and Reader
Subtitle: Vol. 2: Reader (plus audio CD)
Series Title: LINCOM Language Coursebooks 12/2
Published: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
                http://www.lincom.eu

Author: Julian Granberry
Paperback: ISBN: 9783929075878 Pages: 52 Price: Europe EURO 42 Comment: plus CD
Abstract:

As a result of inroads from French and English speakers, Sitimaxa, the
language of the Chitimacha people of southern Louisiana over the past 7,000
years, lost its last fluent speaker in 1940 at the death of Delphine
Decloux. We are fortunate, however, in having wax cylinder recordings of
her speech as well as that of Chief Benjamin Paul, who died in 1934. From
these recordings, gathered by the linguists Morris Swadesh and his wife
Mary Haas, it has been possible to accurately reconstruct both the
phonology, or sound system, of the language and its grammatical structure.

The author of the present volumes in the three-volume Speaking Sitimaxa
(Chitimacha) series, working directly with Drs. Swadesh and Haas and their
recorded materials, prepared the present grammar, reader, and dictionary of
Mrs.Decloux's and Chief Paul's speech in the late 1930's and the 1940's.

The present volumes cover both a grammar of the language of these last two
fluent users of the language (Volume 1), a selection of carefully edited
and recorded texts of Chief Paul's speech (Volume 2), and a dictionary
prepared by the author in 1948-49 from over 150 native stories dictated by
Chief Paul and Mrs. Decloux (Volume 3).

Topics included in the grammar are: Sounds, Rules of Sound Change, Nouns,
Particles, Verbs, and Making New Words. Through using the three volumes in
the Speaking Sitimaxa series the learner can acquire a solid beginning
knowledge of this now extinct, beautiful and expressive Native American
language.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology
                            Typology
                            Amerindian
                            General Linguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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