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By Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

ISBN-10: 0521028868

ISBN-13: 9780521028868

ISBN-10: 0521826640

ISBN-13: 9780521826648

this can be a accomplished reference grammar of Tariana, an endangered Arawak language from a distant sector within the northwest Amazonian jungle. Its audio system normally marry an individual conversing a special language, and for this reason most folk are fluent in 5 or 6 languages. due to this rampant multilingualism, Tariana combines a few good points inherited from the protolanguage with houses subtle from neighbouring yet unrelated Tucanoan languages. Typologically strange beneficial properties of the language contain: an array of classifiers self sufficient of genders, complicated serial verbs, case marking reckoning on the topicality of a noun, and double marking of case and of quantity. Tariana has compulsory evidentiality: each sentence incorporates a distinct point indicating even if the knowledge used to be visible, heard, or inferred via the speaker, or even if the speaker got it from someone else. This grammar might be a precious source-book for linguists and others drawn to traditional languages.

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