By Stefan Dienst
This ebook is a reference grammar of Kulina, an Amazonian language spoken in Brazil and Peru. The dialect defined by way of the writer is spoken at the higher Purus River within the Brazilian kingdom of Acre. Kulina belongs to the Arawan language kinfolk. it really is predominantly head-marking and has a fancy verbal morphology that is mostly agglutinating with a few cases of fusion. The language has noun periods and genders. The gender contract of transitive verbs with their arguments is partially ruled through complex grammatical ideas and partly pragmatically pushed. There are 3 varieties of ownership, alienable, inalienable, and kinship. The latter type basically applies to a few kinship nouns, whereas others are alienably possessed. Kulina has aspirated and unaspirated obstruents, yet various aspirated obstruents don't co-occur in a single morpheme because of Grassmann's legislation, a dissimilation strategy identified from Sanskrit and old Greek. The ebook includes Kulina texts and a bankruptcy at the lexicon, which discusses color phrases, normal nouns for vegetation and animals, puppy vocatives, idioms, and the starting place of personal loan words.
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