25.2979, Books: A Grammar of Kulina: Dienst

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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:29:15
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: A Grammar of Kulina: Dienst

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Title: A Grammar of Kulina 
Series Title: Mouton Grammar Library [MGL] 66  

Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/212809?format=G 


Author: Stefan Dienst

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110395372 Pages: 307 Price: Europe EURO 149.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110339680 Pages: 307 Price: Europe EURO 149.95


Abstract:

This book is a reference grammar of Kulina, an Amazonian language spoken in
Brazil and Peru. The dialect described by the author is spoken on the upper
Purus River in the Brazilian state of Acre. Kulina belongs to the Arawan
language family. It is predominantly head-marking and has a complex verbal
morphology which is largely agglutinating with some instances of fusion. The
language has two noun classes and two genders. The gender agreement of
transitive verbs with their arguments is in part governed by intricate
grammatical rules and in part pragmatically driven. There are three types of
possession, alienable, inalienable, and kinship. The latter category only
applies to some kinship nouns, while others are alienably possessed. Kulina
has aspirated and unaspirated obstruents, but different aspirated obstruents
do not co-occur in one morpheme due to Grassmann's law, a dissimilation
process known from Sanskrit and Ancient Greek. The book contains two Kulina
texts and a chapter on the lexicon, which discusses colour terms, generic
nouns for plants and animals, pet vocatives, idioms, and the origin of loan
words.
 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                     Language Documentation
                     Typology

Subject Language(s): Greek, Ancient (grc)
                     Kulina (cul)
                     Sanskrit (san)

Language Family(ies): Arawan


Written In: English  (eng)

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