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Title: Maipure
Written By: Raoul Zamponi
Series Title: Languages of the World/Materials 192
Description:

Before the arrival of European missionaries in the Orinoco basin region, the Maipure constituted a small ethnic entity in the area of the upper course of the Orinoco River (Amazonas State, Venezuela). Their speech-from the Maipuran or Arawakan stock-was also probably employed in this zone as a medium of communication among individuals of different languages. But by 1767, most of the Maipure had been brought together by the Jesuits into two missions along the middle course of the Orinoco, together with members of other ethnic groups, in order to facilitate their conversion to Christianity. At this time the use of Spanish became predominant among this people and their own language ceased to be spoken. The author's intention with this contribution is to present all the knowledge that he has been able to gather from all the surviving material on this little known, extinct language of South America. The present sketch, therefore, contains chapters on phonology and morphosyntax, as well as the two available Maipure texts (with a morpheme-by-morpheme analysis) and also a word list in the form of an appendix. The introductory sections deal with the socio- and geolinguistic situations, the genetic affinities, and issues of languages contact (with neighbouring languages and Spanish). In these sections, one can also find a discussion on Avane, a closely related language (or, perhaps, a co-dialect) once spoken along the banks of the Autana and Sipapo Rivers that went out of use in the same period, and for the same reasons, as Maipure. (for more information, please see the LINCOM webshop : lincom.at).

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Lincom GmbH
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): Purari
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ISBN: 3895862320
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Pages: 96
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