Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34513

Still Needed:

$40487

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info


New from Oxford University Press!

ad

What is English? And Why Should We Care?

By: Tim William Machan

To find some answers Tim Machan explores the language's present and past, and looks ahead to its futures among the one and a half billion people who speak it. His search is fascinating and important, for definitions of English have influenced education and law in many countries and helped shape the identities of those who live in them.


New from Cambridge University Press!

ad

Medical Writing in Early Modern English

Edited by Irma Taavitsainen and Paivi Pahta

This volume provides a new perspective on the evolution of the special language of medicine, based on the electronic corpus of Early Modern English Medical Texts, containing over two million words of medical writing from 1500 to 1700.


Book Information

   

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
Review: Read the review
BibTex: View BibTex record
Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Linguistic Theories
Syntax
Anthropological Linguistics
Grammars
Language Typology
Endangered Languages
Subject Language(s): Tewa
Issue: All announcements sent out by The LINGUIST List are emailed to our subscribers and archived with the Library of Congress.
Click here to see the original emailed issue.

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