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How to copy your neighbours’ ways: A cross-generational perspective on nominalizations in Tariana

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posted on 2023-02-21, 23:22 authored by Alexandra AikhenvaldAlexandra Aikhenvald
Tariana, an endangered Arawak language of north-western Amazonia (Brazil), has a number of strategies for nominalizing verbs. These include noun classifiers as word-class changing derivational markers, in addition a number of nominalizing suffixes. Nominalizations are a subclass of nouns, with their own set of special properties. As a consequence of areal diffusion from the neighboring and unrelated East-Tucanoan languages, Tariana nominalizations come to be used as complementation and relativization strategies. This is especially so for innovative speakers of Tariana who use Tucano on a daily basis, and whose language bears a strong imprint of Tucano, the main language of the region.

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Volume

71

Issue

1

Start Page

73

End Page

98

Number of Pages

26

eISSN

2196-7148

ISSN

1867-8319

Publisher

Akademie Verlag

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • No

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Journal

STUF - Language Typology and Universals

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