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Title: Damana
Written By: Maria T. Amaya
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 207

Los wiwas o arzarios constituyen uno de los cuatro grupos originarios de la Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, macizo montanoso ubicado al norte, en la region caribe colombiana, America del Sur. El damana [d'm'na], es su lengua materna, perteneciente a la familia linguistica chibcha y por lo tanto emparentada con las otras tres lenguas de la Sierra como son el ika, el koguian y el kakatukua, lenguas de los ikas, koguis y kankuamos respectivamente. Los wiwas conforman un grupo de unos 3.000 individuos, de acuerdo con el censo elaborado por ellos mismos, y ocupan la vertiente nororiental de la Sierra. En el presente trabajo se hace un esbozo gramatical del damana, introducido por un bosquejo sobre los wiwas y su lengua y por un resumen de los principales rasgos fonologicos, para entrar luego en los aspectos gramaticales: en primer lugar se describen los procedimientos que permiten a los hablantes configurar el sentido en formas; complementariamente, se presentan los procedimientos que permiten a las formas constituirse en diversos tipos de unidades. Seguidamente se describen las categorias gramaticales, que corresponden a las partes del discurso de las gramaticas morfologicas. Puede decirse que este estudio se particulariza en cuanto a que: 1. A partir de una marca gramatical se introduce la operacion conceptual que define la categoria. 2.Se reagrupan en una misma categoria partes del discurso que la gramatica tradicional presenta en forma dispersa. 3. Cada una de las categorias tratadas se presenta de la misma manera: a partir de aspectos genericos se hace la presentacion de las marcas y las formas que constituyen los medios de expresion, para continuar con una descripcion de las particularidades semanticas, lo que remite al valor fundamental del sentido que estructura la categoria.

Publication Year: 1999
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Malayo
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3895862673
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 160pp
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