LINGUIST List 32.2510

Wed Jul 28 2021

Books: A Grammar of Coastal Marind: Olsson

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Date: 28-Jul-2021
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Subject: A Grammar of Coastal Marind: Olsson
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Title: A Grammar of Coastal Marind
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library
Published: 2021
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton

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Author: Bruno Olsson
Electronic: ISBN: 9783110747065 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 149.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783110725551 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 149.95

This grammar provides the first modern, comprehensive description of Coastal Marind. It is a Papuan language spoken by the coastal-dwelling Marind-Anim, formerly expansionistic head-hunters of the Southern New Guinea lowlands. Like the other languages of the poorly known Anim family, Coastal Marind features astonishingly complex verb morphology and a range of unusual phenomena, including indexing of up to four arguments on the verb, verbal marking of focus (the 'Orientation' system), engagement prefixes tracking the attention of the addressee, and a system of four genders realised by intricate agreement patterns. The structure of the language is examined in a detailed but accessible way, and its many complexities are brought to life by contextualised spontaneous data, drawn from a rich audio-visual corpus.

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

Subject Language(s): Marind (mrz)
Areal Regions: Pacific

Written In: English (eng)

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