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Title: A Grammar of Teiwa
Written By: Marian Klamer
URL: http://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/sk/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110226065-1
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] 49
Description:

Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken on the island of
Pantar, in eastern Indonesia, located just north of Timor island. It has
approx. 4,000 speakers and is highly endangered. While the non-Austronesian
languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are clearly related to each other,
as indicated by the many apparent cognates and the very similar pronominal
paradigms found across the group, their genetic relationship to other
Papuan languages remains controversial. Located some 1,000 km from their
putative Papuan neighbors on the New Guinea mainland, the Alor-Pantar
languages are the most distant westerly Papuan outliers. A grammar of Teiwa
presents a grammatical description of one of these 'outlier' languages.

The book is structured as a reference grammar: after a general introduction
on the language, it speakers and the linguistic situation on Alor and
Pantar, the grammar builds up from a description of the language's
phonology and word classes to its larger grammatical constituents and their
mutual relations: nominal phrases, serial verb constructions, clauses,
clause combinations, and information structure. While many Papuan languages
are morphologically complex, Teiwa is almost analytic: it has only one
paradigm of object marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis
status. Other typologically interesting features of the language include:
(i) the presence of uvular fricatives and stops, which is atypical for
languages of eastern Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs:
transitive verbs select a single (animate or inanimate) object, while the
additional participant is expressed with a separate predicate; and (iii)
the absence of morpho-syntactically encoded embedded clauses. A grammar of
Teiwa is based on primary field data, collected by the author in 2003-2007.
A selection of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of various genres and
word lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Language Typology
Endangered Languages
Grammars
Subject Language(s): Tewa
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 3110226065
ISBN-13: 9783110226065
Pages: 540
Prices: Europe EURO 149.95

 
 
Format: Electronic
ISBN:
ISBN-13: 9783110226072
Pages: 540
Prices: Europe EURO 149.95