By Marian Klamer
Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in japanese Indonesia, positioned simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is very endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are in actual fact concerning one another, as indicated by way of the various obvious cognates and the very comparable pronominal paradigms stumbled on around the staff, their genetic courting to different Papuan languages continues to be arguable. situated a few 1,000 km from their putative Papuan acquaintances at the New Guinea mainland, the Alor-Pantar languages are the main far-off westerly Papuan outliers. A grammar of Teiwa provides a grammatical description of 1 of those 'outlier' languages.
The ebook is established as a reference grammar: after a basic creation at the language, it audio system and the linguistic scenario on Alor and Pantar, the grammar builds up from an outline of the language's phonology and observe sessions to its greater grammatical elements and their mutual family: nominal words, serial verb buildings, 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 positive factors of the language contain: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and forestalls, that's odd for languages of jap Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs: transitive verbs pick out 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 relies on fundamental box information, amassed via the writer in 2003-2007. a range of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and observe lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.
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A Grammar of Teiwa (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) by Marian Klamer