The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia by R.M.W. DixonThe Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia by R.M.W. Dixon

The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia

byR.M.W. Dixon

Paperback | February 27, 2011

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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.
R. M. W. Dixon is Adjunct Professor at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University. His pioneering fieldwork on Australian Aboriginal languages began in the 1960s and led, among many other works, to grammars of Dyirbal and Yidin, culminating in Australian Languages: Their nature and development (CUP 2002). His other books include A Gra...
Title:The Jarawara Language of Southern AmazoniaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:732 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.5 inPublished:February 27, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199600694

ISBN - 13:9780199600694


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-Contructions 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

Editorial Reviews

"A fundamental grammatical description of this sort - complete with glossed texts, dictionary materials, a wealth of diachronic insights, and authoritative social and cultural information about the speakers - might be expected to constitute the crowning achievement in a lifetime of successfuleffort. For this author, however, it is merely another in a long roster of outstanding linguistic accomplishments that promise to continue unabated." --Edward J Vajda, Western Washington University