By Guillaume, Antoine
This booklet is an in depth top quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavine?±a language (less than 1200 speakers), spoken within the Amazonian rainforest of Lowland Bolivia, a space the place the indigenous languages are nearly unknown. Cavine?±a belongs to the Tacanan family members, comprising 5 languages, none of which has been the topic of an enough descriptive grammar. The grammar is primarily based at the huge fieldwork carried out by way of the writer in conventional Cavine?±a groups. solid within the functional-typological framework, and according to normal discourse info, the grammar offers an in depth and copiously exemplified account of such a lot facets of the language, build up from uncomplicated degrees (phonetic and phonological) to better degrees (morphological and syntactic), and from short descriptions of every point to a extra entire description of an analogous point in particular chapters. The language features a variety of strange positive aspects that would be of curiosity to typologist linguists, corresponding to an strange pitch accessory approach, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes? case markers, an tricky predicate constitution, a approach of verbal suffixes coding linked movement, a weird prefix e? that attaches to nouns coding physique components and a fancy procedure of moment place clitic pronouns. The grammar can be of curiosity to historical-comparative linguists, as for the 1st time one has sufficiently specified grammatical details to make attainable a competent comparability with different languages with which Tacanan languages may be comparable, particularly the Panoan kinfolk, and to function enter into hypotheses concerning the inhabitants background of this a part of South the US.
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There was so much water on the paths that it was impossible for my motorcycle-taxi driver to take me any further). At 5 pm, two Cavineña women from Misión Cavinas (Victoria Tavo and her daughter) arrived with an ox-cart. 5km/h, to reach Misión Cavinas. A few days later, I asked Victoria to relate the trip. 8. Corpus 13 ing of the whole voyage. Many examples in this study have been taken from this text. Being in Misión Cavinas gave me the opportunity to work with Alfredo Tavo again, who lives in nearby Puerto Cavinas when he is not in Riberalta.
In 1986, they created the Central Indígena de la Región Amazónica de BOlivia (CIRABO)) (indigenous organization of the Amazonian region of Bolivia). Based in Riberalta, this organization is nowadays very active in fighting for the rights of the Cavineñas and other Bolivian indigenous groups of northern Bolivia, despite limited funding. The Cavineñas’ main battle nowadays is the right for Tierra Comunitaria de Origen (TCO) (community land of origin) which would make them the owners of their traditional land.
Alfredo also took me on a trip to visit the Cavineña communities (see Photos 4 and 5). The trip ended quickly. After visiting three communities (Baqueti, San Miguel and Misión Cavinas) I caught severe amoebic dysentery and had to be evacuated immediately by light plane to Riberalta for adequate treatment. I decided to stay in town working with Alfredo and Francisco, asking them to tell me stories, which I would record and transcribe with their help. I went back to Riberalta for two months in 1998 (July and August) and for one month in 2000 (April).
A Grammar of Cavinena by Guillaume, Antoine