By Marian Klamer

ISBN-10: 3110226065

ISBN-13: 9783110226065

Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in japanese Indonesia, positioned simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is very endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are basically concerning one another, as indicated through the numerous obvious cognates and the very comparable pronominal paradigms chanced on around the staff, their genetic dating to different Papuan languages is still debatable. positioned a few 1,000 km from their putative Papuan associates at the New Guinea mainland, the Alor-Pantar languages are the main far-off westerly Papuan outliers. A grammar of Teiwa offers a grammatical description of 1 of those 'outlier' languages.

The ebook is established as a reference grammar: after a basic advent at the language, it audio system and the linguistic state of affairs on Alor and Pantar, the grammar builds up from an outline of the language's phonology and note periods to its better grammatical elements and their mutual kin: nominal words, serial verb structures, clauses, clause combos, and data constitution. whereas many Papuan languages are morphologically complicated, Teiwa is nearly analytic: it has just one paradigm of item marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis prestige. different typologically attention-grabbing gains of the language contain: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and forestalls, that's unusual for languages of japanese Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs: transitive verbs decide on a unmarried (animate or inanimate) item, whereas the extra player is expressed with a separate predicate; and (iii) the absence of morpho-syntactically encoded embedded clauses. A grammar of Teiwa relies on basic box facts, accumulated through the writer in 2003-2007. a variety of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and note lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

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