By Stefan Dienst
Amazonia is linguistically hugely diversified sector with quite a few underdocumented, frequently heavily endangered languages. This paintings is a reference grammar of an Amazonian language spoken within the rainforests of Brazil and Peru. The ebook offers a finished perception into the grammatical constitution of Kulina, in order to be of significant price to linguistic typologists and anyone attracted to indigenous languages of South the USA.
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Tiss (2004: 31) points out that the insertion of [w] is not always possible between /o/ and /i/ and gives koiza ‘a traditional beverage and festivity’ as an example of a word in which /oi/ can’t be pronounced [owi]. 1, koiza is one of only three words of this type in my data. Koiza is probably a loan from another indigenous language while the two other words, biskoita ‘biscuit’ and koize ‘spoon’ are of Portuguese origin. It seems, thus, that the occurrence of instances of the vowel sequence /oi/ which do not allow the insertion of [w] is the result of borrowing and of rather recent origin.
Haverroth, Negreiros and Barros (2010) is an ethnobiological and ethnoecological study on the Kulina on the Envira River. Frenopoulo Gorfain (2012) studies the relationship between the Kulina on the Brazilian Purus and the public health workers who attend them. 1 Kulina For the present study, I recorded about 16 hours of spoken texts from more than thirty speakers of both sexes during eight months of fieldwork in 2002/2003, four Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Technical Services Authenticated Download Date | 7/26/15 7:31 PM 14 Introduction months in 2004 and six weeks in 2005.
1; Tiss 2004: 85). Brought to you by | New York University Bobst Library Technical Services Authenticated Download Date | 7/26/15 7:31 PM 10 Introduction Table 4. ’ 1. ‘opossum’; 2. ‘write’ topic marker, feminine Purus Middle Juruá sopaina apaha zodo pi sopena papaha dozo pe The Kulina living on the lower Juruá river moved downriver from the middle Juruá during the 20th century. Nothing has been published on their dialect, but it can be assumed not to differ significantly from the middle Juruá dialect.
A Grammar of Kulina by Stefan Dienst