By Marian Klamer

Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in jap Indonesia, situated simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is extremely endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are basically relating to one another, as indicated by means of the numerous obvious cognates and the very comparable pronominal paradigms discovered around the team, their genetic dating to different Papuan languages is still debatable. 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 offers a grammatical description of 1 of those 'outlier' languages.

The e-book is based as a reference grammar: after a basic advent at the language, it audio system and the linguistic state of affairs on Alor and Pantar, the grammar builds up from an outline of the language's phonology and note sessions to its greater grammatical elements and their mutual kin: nominal words, serial verb buildings, clauses, clause combos, and knowledge constitution. whereas many Papuan languages are morphologically complicated, Teiwa is sort of analytic: it has just one paradigm of item marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis prestige. different typologically attention-grabbing positive aspects of the language comprise: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and prevents, that's abnormal 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 is predicated on basic box info, amassed by way of the writer in 2003-2007. a variety of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and be aware lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.

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