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Title: Descriçao Gramatical da Lingua Arawete
Authors: Solano
Keywords: American Indigenous Languages
Southern American Languages
Tupian Languages
Araweté - Grammar
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Universidade de Brasilia
Abstract: This doctoral dissertation presents a first thoroughout description of the Araweté grammar, which is one of the members of sub-branch V of the Tupí-Guaraní linguistic family (RODRIGUES 1985; RODRIGUES e CABRAL 2002), which is a member of the Tupian stock (RODRIGUES 1985, 1984-85, 1986, 1997, 1999). The Araweté language is spoken by a group of approximately 380 people distributed in three villages located on the left bank of the Ipixuna River (lower Xingu), Altamira municipality, Pará state, Brazil. The study is founded in the idea that languages serve primarily to the communication of human beings what cannot be disregarded by linguistic descriptions. We have followed functionalist approaches (SAPIR 1921; TESNIÈRE, 1953; COSERIU, 1972; BENVENISTE, 1976; LEHMAN 1981; FOLLEY & VAN VALIN, 1984; MITHUN, 1984, 1986; BROWN & LEVINSON, 1987; COMRIE, 1989; SHOPEN 1985; JAKOBSON, 1990, among others) which presuppose that languages are elaborately structured and that they are characterized as entities constituted of subsystems (lexical, phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic), which are inter-related in several and different ways (cf. MEILLET, 1925; THOMASON and KAUFMAN, 1986; CAMPBELL, 2000), so that none of these may be described adequately, either synchronically or diachronically, as an autonomous system. The study describes the Araweté segmental phonology, word classes, providing a detailed distinction of the internal structure of each class, as well as a description of the ways they combine into the discourse to fulfill their communicative roles. The corpus in which the present study is based consists of 90 hours of tape recorded linguistic data collected during the last eleven years by a team of researchers of the Laboratório de Línguas Indígenas of the University of Brasília: Cabral (2008); Cabral and Rodrigues (1999); Cabral, Rodrigues and Solano (2000); Cabral, Rodrigues and Solano (2002); Solano (2002), Solano (2005), Alves (2006), and Solano (2006).
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