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Title: A língua do povo matis
Subtitle: Uma visão gramatical
Written By: Rogério Vicente Ferreira
Series Title: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 60

Esta tese tem por objetivo apresentar uma descrição morfossintática da
língua matis (família lingüística Pano), falada por 262 pessoas que habitam
no médio Ituí - noroeste amazônico. O trabalho é composto de doze
capítulos. No capítulo 1, trata da situação do povo matis e faz-se
considerações sobre algumas diferenças entre as línguas Matis e Matsés -
por muito tempo classificadas como uma única língua. Nos capítulos dois a
doze, descrevem aspectos fonológicos e morfossintáticos da língua matis.

Por se tratar de uma língua que não apresenta qualquer descrição
morfossintática prévia realizada por outros pesquisadores, procurou-se
descrever sua morfologia de maneira mais abrangente possível, assim
explicar, a função de cada morfema dentro de cada classe gramatical.
Abordou-se, ainda, aspectos gerais da sintaxe. Enfim, o estudo da língua
matis é o resultado de uma pesquisa que objetiva descrevê-la em seus
aspectos fonológicos, morfológicos e sintáticos. O trabalho colabora para o
melhor conhecimento dessa língua, tanto para a família Pano quanto para as
pesquisas lingüísticas em línguas indígenas brasileiras.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Matís
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783895863400
Pages: 307
Prices: Europe EURO 72.00