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Title: Mamaindê Grammar
Subtitle: A Northern Nambikwara language and its cultural context
Written By: David M. Eberhard
Series Title: LOT dissertation series 236
Description:

This work contains a descriptive grammar of Mamaindê, a Northern Nambikwara
language of west central Brazil. The Mamaindê language is spoken by some
250 people, located in four communities. While bilingualism in Portuguese
is rapidly gaining ground, the spoken vernacular has so far been able to
preserve critical domains and thus maintain a healthy level of vitality.
There are many signs, however, of both cultural and language shift,
indicating that this language may be on the edge of endangerment. The first
chapter includes a broad overview of the culture and history of the
Mamaindê people. A connection between language and culture is stressed at
the outset, with examples of this relationship being given at significant
points throughout the work. Subsequent chapters address the areas of
Phonology, Morphology, and Syntax, the last of which also includes a
section on Discourse. Data is offered which should be of interest to those
involved in the research of Nambikwara languages, Amazonian linguistics,
and linguistic typology. Specific topics which are relevant to current
theory include an eclectic view of feature geometry, the analysis of
pre-oralized nasal segments, coda licensing, stress in lexical strata, tone
sandhi, evidentiality, endearment terms, emotives, noun classifiers, the
impersonal construction, and the presence of low and high registers in an
Amazonian language.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Morphology
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
Typology
Anthropological Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9789460930126