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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: The Phonology and Morphology of Kubeo: The documentation, theory and description of an Amazonian language Add Dissertation
Author: Thiago Chacon Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2012
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics; Language Documentation; Morphology; Phonology; Typology; Anthropological Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Cubeo
Language Family(ies): Eastern Tukanoan
Director(s): Lyle Campbell

Abstract: This dissertation offers a detailed account of the phonology, morphophonology and
elements of the morphosyntax of Kubeo, a language from the Eastern Tukanoan
family, spoken in the Northwest Amazon. The dissertation is itself an experiment of
how language documentation and empowering of the native speaker community
can be combined with academic linguistics. Kubeo has numerous elements of
great theoretical interest, such as nasal harmony, tone and stress, complex
morphophonology, noun classes and noun classifiers, evidentiality, interlocking
system of lexical aspect and tense, etc. The goal of this dissertation is to present
data with as much detail, transparency and information as possible, aligned with a
high analytical concern to account and search for explanations of the complex and
fascinating aspects of the language in different foundations of modern Linguistics,
such as by exploring different theoretical proposals and typological generalizations,
using historical and comparative approaches and applying acoustic analysis in
critical phonological issues.