By Kristine Stenzel
Published in the course of the improving Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported via the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This quantity is the 1st descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the japanese Tukanoan language relatives spoken within the Vaupes River basin of Colombia and Brazil within the northwest Amazon rain woodland. The Kotirias, who've lived during this distant sector for greater than seven-hundred years, perform the advanced Vaupés social approach, characterised by means of long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained rather remoted from the dominant societies until eventually the early a part of the 20th century, whilst expanding outdoors impact within the sector brought on swift social and linguistic swap. this day the Kotirias quantity in simple terms approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, although nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in probability of changing into endangered.
Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of in depth paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, list, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on various oral narratives and written texts, this booklet is the 1st entire learn of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.
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A Reference Grammar of Kotiria (Wanano) (Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas) by Kristine Stenzel