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A Grammar of Kulina

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Amazonia is a linguistically highly diverse region with numerous underdocumented, often seriously endangered languages. This work is a reference grammar of an Amazonian language spoken in the rainforests of Brazil and Peru. The book provides a comprehensive insight into the grammatical structure of Kulina, which will be of great value to linguistic typologists and anybody interested in indigenous languages of South America.



Auteur

Stefan Dienst, LaTrobe University, Melbourne, Australia.



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This book is a reference grammar of Kulina, an Amazonian language spoken in Brazil and Peru. The dialect described by the author is spoken on the upper Purus River in the Brazilian state of Acre. Kulina belongs to the Arawan language family. It is predominantly head-marking and has a complex verbal morphology which is largely agglutinating with some instances of fusion. The language has two noun classes and two genders. The gender agreement of transitive verbs with their arguments is in part governed by intricate grammatical rules and in part pragmatically driven. There are three types of possession, alienable, inalienable, and kinship. The latter category only applies to some kinship nouns, while others are alienably possessed. Kulina has aspirated and unaspirated obstruents, but different aspirated obstruents do not co-occur in one morpheme due to Grassmann's law, a dissimilation process known from Sanskrit and Ancient Greek. The book contains two Kulina texts and a chapter on the lexicon, which discusses colour terms, generic nouns for plants and animals, pet vocatives, idioms, and the origin of loan words.

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Titre: A Grammar of Kulina
Sous-titre: Grammar of Kulina
Auteur:
Code EAN: 9783110341911
ISBN: 978-3-11-034191-1
Protection contre la copie numérique: libre
Format: eBook (pdf)
Editeur: Gruyter, Walter de GmbH
Genre: Linguistique et sciences de la littérature
nombre de pages: 329
Parution: 12.12.2014
Année: 2014
Sous-titre: Englisch
Taille de fichier: 1.1 MB