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Language contact and word structure: A case study from north-west Amazonia

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posted on 27.04.2022, 03:37 authored by Alexandra AikhenvaldAlexandra Aikhenvald
Intensive language contact between genetically unrelated languages may result in their structural adjustment to each other. The languages will then converge and become similar in their grammar. The effects of language contact are expected to be particularly strong if a dominant language is in the process of ousting the endangered one spoken by a minority group. Tariana, a highly endangered Arawak language, is under pressure from Tucano, an East Tucanoan language. Tucano is the majority indigenous language within the context of the Brazilian part of the Vaupes River Basin Linguistic area. The recent Tucanoan impact on Tariana, a highly synthetic language, involves typologically unusual changes in the order of morphemes within the verbal word, and are indicative of extreme convergence between the two languages.

History

Editor

Berez-Kroeker AL; Hintz DM; Jany C

Volume

173

Start Page

297

End Page

313

Number of Pages

17

ISBN-13

9789027259387

Publisher

John Benjamins

Place of Publication

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Open Access

No

Author Research Institute

Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research

Era Eligible

Yes

Chapter Number

13

Number of Chapters

17

Parent Title

Language contact and change in the Americas: Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun