The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia

Hardcover | July 10, 2004

byR.M.W. Dixon

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This is the first account of Jarawara, a Southern Amazonia language of great complexity and unusual interest, and now spoken by less than two hundred people. It has only two open lexical classes, noun and verb, and a closed adjective class with fourteen members which can only modify a noun.Verbs have a complex structure with three prefix and some twenty-five suffix slots. There is an eleven-term tense-modal system with an evidentiality contrast (eyewitness/non-eyewitness) in the three past tenses. Of the two genders, feminine and masculine, feminine is unmarked. There are at leasteight types of subordinate clause constructions, including complement clauses, relative clauses, coreferential dependent clauses, and 'when', 'if', 'due to the lack of' and 'because of' clauses.There are only eleven consonants and four vowels but an extensive set of ordered phonological rules oflenition, vowel assimilation and unstressed syllable omission. There are four imperative inflections (with different meanings) and three explicit interrogative suffixes within the mood system. The book is entirely based on field work by the authors.

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This is the first account of Jarawara, a Southern Amazonia language of great complexity and unusual interest, and now spoken by less than two hundred people. It has only two open lexical classes, noun and verb, and a closed adjective class with fourteen members which can only modify a noun.Verbs have a complex structure with three pref...

R. M. W. Dixon is Professor and Director of the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology at La Trobe University. He has published grammars of a number of Australian languages (including Dyirbal and Yidin), in addition to A Grammar of Boumaa Fijian (University of Chicago Press 1988), A New Approach to English Grammar, on Semantic Princi...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:660 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.61 inPublished:July 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199270678

ISBN - 13:9780199270675

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Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION: THE LANGUAGE AND ITS SPEAKERS2. PHONOLOGY3. GRAMMATICAL OVERVIEW4. PREDICATE STRUCTURE - GENERAL5. PREDICATE STRUCTURE - MISCELLANEOUS SUFFIXES6. PREDICATE STRUCTURE - THE TENSE-MODAL SYSTEM7. PREDICATE STRUCTURE - SECONDARY VERBS, MOOD AND NEGATION8. VERBAL DERIVATIONS - CAUSATIVE AND APPLICATIVE9. VERBAL REDUPLICATION10. NOUN PHRASE STRUCTURE11. POSSESSED NOUNS, AND ADJECTIVES12. DEMONSTRATIVES AND RELATED FORMS13. COPULA CLAUSES14. STRUCTURE OF A VERBAL MAIN CLAUSE15. COMMANDS AND QUESTIONS16. A-CONSTRUCTIONS AND O-CONSTRUCTIONS17. COMPLEMENT CLAUSES18. DEPENDENT CLAUSES19. NOMINALISED CLAUSES20. PERIPHERAL MARKER jaa AND ni-jaa21. OTHER PERIPHERAL MARKERS22. THE RELATIONAL NOUN ihi/ehene 'DUE TO, BECAUSE OF'23. LIST CONSTRUCTIONS24. SYNTACTIC ORGANISATION25. WORD CLASS DERIVATIONS26. TOPICS IN SEMANTICS27. PREHISTORY

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