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By Marian Klamer

ISBN-10: 3110226065

ISBN-13: 9783110226065

Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in jap Indonesia, positioned simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is extremely endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are essentially on the topic of one another, as indicated by way of the numerous obvious cognates and the very related pronominal paradigms came upon around the staff, their genetic courting to different Papuan languages is still arguable. positioned a few 1,000 km from their putative Papuan friends 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 based as a reference grammar: after a normal 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 be aware sessions to its better grammatical materials and their mutual family members: nominal words, serial verb structures, clauses, clause combos, and data constitution. whereas many Papuan languages are morphologically advanced, Teiwa is sort of analytic: it has just one paradigm of item marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis prestige. different typologically fascinating beneficial properties of the language contain: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and prevents, that is strange for languages of jap Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs: transitive verbs decide upon 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 is predicated on fundamental box facts, accrued via the writer in 2003-2007. a range of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and notice lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

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