The Language Of The Apinajé People Of Central Brazil (In English)

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The Language Of The Apinajé People Of Central Brazil (In English)
Author: CHRISTIANE CUNHA DE OLIVEIRA
A DISSERTATION
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Publisher: XXXXXXXXX
Publication date: August 2005
ISBN: XXXXXXX
Number of pages: 444

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The dissertation is a preliminary grammatical description of the language spoken
by the Apinajé, one of the Northern Jê peoples of Central Brazil. It discusses the core
facts about Apinajé phonology, morphology and syntax from a functional-typlogical
perspective, and provides three appendices: selected maps, a sample collection of texts
and a preliminary dictionary. The phonological analysis proposes an alternative
interpretation for the inventory of phonemes as compared to earlier analyses, pointing to
phonemic distinctions not previously noted, which might lead to interesting findings
regarding the historical development of the language. Apinajé morphemes are typically
monosyllabic and the language makes ample use of function words for the expression of
grammatical categories, properties that are characteristic of analytic languages.
Nonetheless, Apinajé morphology is more complex than it might seem at first, especially
with respect to the major lexical categories of the language: Nouns, Verbs and

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