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Title: The Jarawara Language of Southern Amazonia
Written By: R. M. W. Dixon
URL: http://www.oup.co.uk/isbn/0-19-927067-8
Description:

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 least eight 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 of lenition, 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.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Syntax
Typology
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Jamamadí
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199270678
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 672
Prices: U.K. £ 95.00