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Language loss and language gain in Amazonia

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posted on 11.10.2021, 02:01 by Alexandra AikhenvaldAlexandra Aikhenvald
The Amazon Basin is renowned for its high linguistic diversity. The history of Amazonian languages has been marred with language extinction and loss ever since the European conquest. Newly emergent varieties of the national languages ? Portuguese and Spanish ? bear the substratum influence of the indigenous languages. In many Amazonian languages, the necessity of always marking how the speaker knows things and being precise is linked to the obligatory category of evidentiality ? grammatical marking of information source. In numerous varieties of Amazonian and Andean Spanish, a pragmatic convention to state the information source accounts for the evidential overtones of dizque across South America, where it has become an established feature of language varieties transmitted to children

History

Editor

Fafulas S

Volume

23

Start Page

7

End Page

34

Number of Pages

29

ISBN-13

9789027204981

Publisher

John Benjamins Publishing

Place of Publication

Amsterdam, NDL

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Chapter Number

1

Number of Chapters

10

Parent Title

Amazonian Spanish: Language contact and evolution