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Title: A Reconstruction of Proto-Taranoan
Subtitle: Phonology and Inflectional Morphology
Written By: Sérgio Meira
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 30

Comparative and classificatory studies of Cariban languages, despite their
long history (starting with Gilij in 1782), have been few and
unsatisfactory, mainly due to the lack of necessary documentation of the
languages in question. Based on a large amount of new descriptive data, as
well as on published sources, the present work attempts to demonstrate the
closer genetic relationship between a subgroup of three Cariban languages,
Akuriyó, Tiriyó and Karihona, the last two of which were considered to
belong to very distant branches of the family in a still widely cited
classification (Durbin 1977). This demonstration takes the form of a
reconstruction of the main aspects of the segmental phonology and
inflectional morphology (person, number, evidentiality, tense/aspect/mood)
of the proto-language, which the author proposes to call Proto-Taranoan. A
preliminary etymological dictionary, as well as some remarks on the history
of the speakers, is also included.

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Akurio
Language Family(ies): Carib
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 3895865346
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 260
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