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Title: Mandan
Written By: Mauricio J. Mixco
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 159
Description:

Mandan, sole member of one of the four branches of Siouan (within
Catawba-Siouan), has under 10 speakers, among some 200 tribal members.
Epidemics and inter-tribal warfare reduced these Missouri River
village-dwelling horticulturists, from 5000 to under 200 members by 1837.
With the Hidatsa (Siouan) and the Arikara (Caddoan), they constitute
today's, Three Affiliated Tribes Nation (Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation;
North Dakota). Mandan has vocalic epenthesis, is notable for only 10
consonants, 9 vowels (plus length) and no nasal stops, despite nasal spread
from 3 nasal vowels. Mandan is a verb-final, head-marking language, with
positional auxiliary verbs (sit, stand, lie) marking tense-aspect-modality
(these auxiliaries also serve as classificatory NP determiners); other
auxiliaries mark diminutives, benefactives and causatives, etc.

Evidentiality, subject-number and other TAM distinctions are mostly
suffixal. The verb has active/stative, subject-object split-transitive
prefixation and distinguishes addressee gender in its illocutionary
suffixation. Coordinate and subordinate clauses suffix a three-way
distinction of realis vs. irrealis subject-continuity/switch-reference.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Mandan
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ISBN: 3895862134
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Pages: 62
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