A grammar sketch and lexicon of Arawak (Lokono Dian) by Pet, Willem J. A. PDF

By Pet, Willem J. A.

Arawak (Lokono Dian), an Amerindian language within the Arawakan language family members, is comparatively undescribed. the aim of this learn is to provide a basic, bottom-up caricature of Arawak. It begins with reviews at the phonology, then discusses morphology and syntax, and ends with reviews approximately discourse.
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Botoli ‘bottle’ Henk botoli-a ‘Henk’s bottle’ i. 2 Gender in Nouns In addition to being classified according to the categories of alienable and inalienable, Arawak nouns may also be loosely grouped according to the features of [+/– human] and [+/– male]. This is reflected in the articles which occur with them. 2 on pronoun gender), the features assigned to the noun to some extent have to do with the speaker’s view of the referent of that noun. For example, although wadili ‘male’ is usually used when referring to a man and therefore usually occurs with the masculine singular article li, it can also occur with the non-masculine or non-human article to when referring to a non-Arawak.

32 The only mechanism available by which to add another NP into an a-stem clause is the same means by which one is added to other intransitive clauses—namely, by using it in a postpositional phrase. As already mentioned, one of the characteristics of the a-stem is that the actions it expresses seem to be less bounded and more general. One additional characteristic is that the a-stem form of some basic-stem forms can take on an iterative meaning. This is particularly true of actions which cannot be easily viewed as stretched in time, such as ‘hit’.

As already mentioned, one of the characteristics of the a-stem is that the actions it expresses seem to be less bounded and more general. One additional characteristic is that the a-stem form of some basic-stem forms can take on an iterative meaning. This is particularly true of actions which cannot be easily viewed as stretched in time, such as ‘hit’. to kalhina adadyna (42) a. ’ abo. ), Arawak is a Pragmatic-Pivot language. This can be demonstrated by the fact that the choice of which NP is the subject of a clause is not strictly determined by the semantic case role of that NP.

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