By Kristine Stenzel

Published during the convalescing Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This quantity is the 1st descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the japanese Tukanoan language relations spoken within the Vaupes River basin of Colombia and Brazil within the northwest Amazon rain wooded area. The Kotirias, who've lived during this distant sector for greater than 700 years, perform the advanced Vaupés social method, characterised by means of long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained particularly remoted from the dominant societies till the early a part of the 20 th century, while expanding outdoor impression within the area brought on fast social and linguistic switch. this day the Kotirias quantity in basic terms approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, notwithstanding nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in possibility of turning into endangered.

Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of extensive paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, checklist, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on various oral narratives and written texts, this ebook is the 1st entire research of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.

 

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