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  • A Reference Grammar of Kotiria (Wanano)by Kristine Stenzel

    UNP - Nebraska 2013; US$ 80.00

    Published through the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This is the first descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the Tukanoan language family spoken in the Vaupes River basin of Colombia and Brazil in the northwest Amazon rain forest. The Kotirias have lived... more...

  • Word Formation in South American Languagesby Swintha Danielsen; Katja Hannss; Fernando Zúñiga

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2014; US$ 149.00

    In Amerindian languages and in many other agglutinative languages, subordination is often a matter of nominalization. In Cholón, a language spoken in North-Peru, this is certainly the case: nominalized forms coincide with subordinate clauses. In this language, a nominalized verb form can also be used as a main predicate. In this paper we study... more...

  • Creating Context in Andean Culturesby Rosaleen Howard-Malverde

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 56.99

    This collection of papers explores various indigenous Andean languages and cultures in the context of new anthropological thinking about "texts" and textuality. The contributors focus on the ways socially subordinated cultural groups construct distinctive historical identities. more...

  • L' Algonquin au XVII siècleby Diane Daviault

    Presses de l''niversite du Quebec 1994; US$ 44.25

    Une édition critique, analysée et commentée de la grammaire algonquine du père Louis Nicolas. more...

  • The Morphology and Syntax of Topic and Focusby Liliana Sánchez

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2010; US$ 149.00

    This book presents an innovative analysis that relates informational structure, syntax and morphology in Quechua. It provides a minimalist account of the relationship between focus, topic, evidentiality and other left-peripheral features and sentence-internal constituents marked with suffixes that have been previously considered of a pragmatic nature.... more...

  • Aspects of Argument Structure Acquisition in Inuktitutby Shanley Allen

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 158.00

    This book discusses the first language acquisition of three morphosyntactic mechanisms of transitivity alternation in arctic Quebec Inuktitut. Data derive from naturalistic longitudinal spontaneous speech samples collected over a nine-month period from four Inuit children. Both basic and advanced forms of passive structures are shown to be used productively... more...

  • Athabaskan Prosodyby Sharon Hargus; Keren Rice

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 2005; US$ 195.00

    This collection of articles on stress and tone in various Athabaskan languages will interest theoretical linguists and historically oriented linguists alike. The volume brings to light new data on the phonetics and/or phonology of prosody (stress, tone, intonation) in various Athabaskan languages, Chiricahua Apache, Dene Soun'liné, Jicarilla Apache,... more...

  • The Grammar of Possessionby Maura Velázquez-Castillo

    John Benjamins Publishing Company 1996; US$ 179.00

    The Grammar of Possession: Inalienability, incorporation and possessor ascension in Guaraní , is an exhaustive study of linguistic structures in Paraguayan Guaraní which are directly or indirectly associated with the semantic domain of inalienability. Constructions analyzed in the book include adnominal and predicative possessive constructions,... more...

  • A Grammar of Moseténby Jeanette Sakel

    De Gruyter Mouton 2004; US$ 307.00

    Mosetén belongs to the small, unclassified language family Mosetenan and is spoken by roughly 800 people in the foothills of the Bolivian Andes and the adjoining lowland region. This grammar is the first accessible and comprehensive description of a Mosetenan language. It is based on the author's extensive fieldwork in Bolivia. The grammar covers the... more...

  • Native South American Discourseby Greg Urban; Joel Sherzer

    De Gruyter Mouton 1986; US$ 210.00

    Introduction / Joel Sherzer and Greg Urban -- Semiotic functions of macro-parallelism in the Shokleng origin myth / Greg Urban -- Oratory is spoken, myth is told, and song is sung, but they are all music to my ears / Anthony Seeger -- Three modes of Shavante vocal expressions : wailing, collective singing, and political oratory / Laura Graham --... more...