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Cambridge Grammatical Descriptions: A Grammar of Tariana, from Northwest Amazonia by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald Details

This is a comprehensive reference base of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a remote area in the Northwest Amazon forest. Speakers traditionally marry people who speak a different language,…

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This is a comprehensive reference base of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a remote area in the Northwest Amazon forest. Speakers traditionally marry people who speak a different language, and as a result, most people speak five or six languages.

Because of this pervasive multilingualism, Tariana combines a number of features inherited from primitive language with the differing characteristics of neighboring but unrelated Tucanoan languages. The unusual characteristics of the language include: a collection of works independent of races, complex serial acts and case markers, depending on the objectivity of the name and the double sign of the case and number.

Tariana contains the mandatory meaning: Each sentence contains a special element that indicates whether the information was seen, heard or concluded by the speaker, or whether the speaker has obtained it from someone else. These rules will be a valuable source book for linguists and others interested in natural languages..



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