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A Grammar of Hup

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The series builds an extensive collection of high quality descriptions of languages around the world. Each volume offers a comprehensive grammatical description of a single language together with fully analyzed sample texts and, if appropriate, a word list and other relevant information which is available on the language in question. There are no restrictions as to language family or area, and although special attention is paid to hitherto undescribed languages, new and valuable treatments of better known languages are also included. No theoretical model is imposed on the authors; the only criterion is a high standard of scientific quality.

This work is a reference grammar of Hup, a member of the Nadahup family (also known as Makú or Vaupés-Japura), which is spoken in the fascinatingly multilingual Vaupés region of the northwest Amazon. This detailed description and analysis is informed by a functional-typological perspective, with particular reference to areal contact and grammaticalization. The grammar begins with an introduction to the cultural and linguistic background of Hup speakers, gives an overview of the phonology, and follows this with chapters on morphosyntax (nominal morphology, verbs and verb compounding, tense, aspect, modality, evidentiality, etc.); it concludes with discussions of negation, the simple clause, and clause combining.

A number of features of Hup grammar are typologically significant, such as its strategy of inversion in question formation, its system of Differential Object Marking, and its treatment of possession. Hup also exhibits several highly unusual paths of grammaticalization, such as the development of a verbal future suffix from the noun
stick, tree .

The book also includes a selection of texts and a CD-ROM with audio files.


Patience Epps, University of Texas at Austin, USA.


"In summary, this grammar is an outstanding reference work, with an impressive breadth of coverage and depth of analysis. It gives the impression that every part of Hup grammar, from phonology to morphosyntax and semantics, receives the comprehensive treatment it deserves, and it is thus a valuable source for typologists. But it is also highly recommended not only to readers interested in Amazonian languages and cultures, but to anyone who relies on, or simply enjoys, sophisticated linguistic descriptions."
Frank Seifart in: Anthropoligical Linguistics 2/2009

Informations sur le produit

Titre: A Grammar of Hup
Code EAN: 9783110195880
ISBN: 3110195887
Format: Livre Relié
Editeur: De Gruyter Mouton
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 1008
Poids: 1743g
Taille: H246mm x B165mm x T59mm
Année: 2008
Auflage: no CD-ROM in POD-edition

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