A Carib grammar and dictionary

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A Carib grammar and dictionary

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: A Carib grammar and dictionary
Author: Courtz, Hendrik
Publisher: Magoria Books, Toronto
Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-01-30
Keywords: Amazonian languages
Carib dialects
Carib language
Comparative Cariban linguistics
Linguistic typology
Abstract: This dissertation contains a new detailed description of Carib grammar and the most extensive inventory of Carib lexemes and affixes so far. It is based on the work of previous researchers and a decade of field work carried out by the author, mainly in Galibi, a Carib village in eastern Suriname. The Carib language is spoken by some 7000 people living in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil. This book distinguishes four dialects: Venezuelan Carib, Guyanese Carib, western Surinamese Carib, and eastern Surinamese Carib which includes French Guianese and Brazilian Carib. Interesting features of the description are (a) a new phonological analysis, including details on stress and stress patterns, (b) a morphological analysis, including among other things a hitherto undescribed tense/aspect morpheme as well as new explanations of many details, (c) a presentation of five syntactic word units, (d) dozens of pages containing texts with an interlinear morphological analysis and translation, and (e) a dictionary containing information on more than 6500 words. Information about the four dialects has been incorporated in the grammar and dictionary. A new supradialectal orthography is used and suggested as fit for all Carib dialects.
Description: Promotor: W.F.H. Adelaar, Co-promotor: S. Meira
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Letteren
Citation: Courtz, H., 2008, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9780978170745
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12578

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