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By Wesley Thiesen

ISBN-10: 1556713010

ISBN-13: 9781556713019

This can be the 1st entire linguistic learn of Bora, a typologically strange language spoken in Colombia and Peru, the results of 4 many years of labor one of the Bora humans. The language has an incredibly excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in numerous how you can perform reference. through those classifiers, apposition is the first mechanism for growing referring expressions, instead of the extra cross-linguistically universal mechanism of constituency. in addition they supply tight intersentential unity in discourse. The animate/inanimate contrast is pervasive, manifesting itself within the morphology, syntax, and lexicon. This quantity additionally contains a thorough research of Bora grammatical and lexical tone, which has a fancy approach of sandhi with default tone being excessive, not like nearly all of tonal languages. The ethnographic caricature contains dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This research may be of curiosity to all focused on typological matters, South American languages and peoples, or tone experiences. Wesley Thiesen acquired his B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton collage in 1948. He and his spouse Eva labored for SIL one of the Bora-speaking humans from 1952 to retirement in 1998, residing a lot of that point in a Bora village. David Weber obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the collage of California, la in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL considering that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts excited by the Huallaga Quechua language. He presently serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's conceal depicts a basket hand made through the Bora humans.

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This is sometimes located above the phonetic / phonemic representation and sometimes following the phonetic / phonemic form (in parentheses). (3) A morpheme-by-morpheme gloss is given either below the Bora example or in parentheses following it. (4) A free translation follows, either on a line below the morpheme-by-morpheme text or following it at the end o f the line. , without any preceding or following text) may meet the conditions for the application of either PLTS or FLTS. If so, the isolation form will be the output o f the rule (which is how it would be pronounced in isolation).

Traditionally this sling was made from bark cloth. Now it is usually made from any cloth. 7 Weaving The men gather reeds and weave baskets and sieves, both for their own use and for sale. Everyone now weaves jicras ‘ shoulder bags’ and hammocks to sell. These are made from the fibers of the chambira palm, which are twined by rolling along the thigh. 5 Dress and personal adornment The Bora now wear western-style clothing. Some o f this they purchase and some they sew themselves. Both the men and the women sew, either by hand or with a sewing machine.

The people at the festival drink from this throughout the festival. 6 A typical festival In 1952, the senior co-author and his wife, Eva Thiesen, described a typical festival as follows: The chief told us excitedly that he was preparing a big festival, that he remembered how his forefathers had done it, and that he was going to do the same. He wanted to make a big dance so all the people would come together, so he could talk to them. He had been planning to make this dance for a long time, and had planted much extra food so that there would be plenty.

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