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.
Read Online or Download A Grammar of Teiwa (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL]) PDF
Best grammar books
This paintings originates from the necessity to enhance an built-in dynamic version of negation in discourse that's enough for knowing the position of negation in an in depth and complicated piece of discourse. such a lot paintings on negation is strongly inspired by way of conventional philosopical difficulties, yet little paintings has been performed within the quarter of discourse.
In Indefinite gadgets, Luis López provides a unique method of the syntax-semantics interface utilizing indefinite noun words as a database. conventional ways map structural configurations to semantic interpretations at once; López hyperlinks configuration to a method of semantic composition, with the latter yielding the translation.
During this ebook, Omer Preminger investigates how the compulsory nature of predicate-argument contract is enforced by way of the grammar. Preminger argues that an empirically sufficient conception of predicate-argument contract calls for recourse to an operation, whose obligatoriness is a grammatical primitive now not reducible to representational houses, yet whose profitable fruits isn't really enforced through the grammar.
First released in 1985, this e-book goals to boost an method of speech acts that has the advantage of being straight-forward, specific, formal and versatile adequate to deal with a number of the extra normal difficulties of interactive verbal verbal exchange. the 1st bankruptcy introduces scenario semantics with the second one addressing the assumptions implied through the matter of representing speaker intentionality.
- Tense (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics)
- Dutch: A Comprehensive Grammar (Routledge Comprehensive Grammars)
- Complete Romanian: Teach Yourself: Audio eBook (Teach Yourself Audio eBooks)
- Case Configuration and Noun Phrase Interpretation (Outstanding Dissertations in Linguistics)
- Cognitive Linguistics: Internal Dynamics and Interdisciplinary Interaction (Cognitive Linguistics Research [CLR])
- Essentials of English Grammar: 25th impression, 1987
Extra info for A Grammar of Teiwa (Mouton Grammar Library [MGL])