A Grammar of Teiwa

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Walter de Gruyter, 2010 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 540 pages
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Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken on the island of Pantar, in eastern Indonesia. It has approximately 4,000 speakers and is highly endangered. The genetic relationship between the Alor-Pantar languages and other Papuan languages remains controversial. Located some 1,000 km from their putative Papuan neighbors on the New Guinea mainland, they are the most distant westerly Papuan outliers. This volume presents a grammatical description of one of these 'outlier' languages. The grammar is based on primary field data, collected by the author in 2003-2007. A selection of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of various genres and word lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Phonology
37
Chapter 3 Word classes
67
Chapter 4 Grammatical relations
163
Chapter 5 The Noun Phrase
187
Chapter 6 Nonverbal clauses
221
The marking of Reality status Modality and Aspect
245
Chapter 8 Negative interrogative and imperative clauses
273
Chapter 9 Serial verb constructions
303
Chapter 10 Clause combinations
361
Chapter 11 Information structure
397
Appendix I Texts
425
Appendix II Word lists
451
Backmatter
511
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Marian Klamer, Leiden University, The Netherlands.

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