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Title: Aspectos Morfossintáticos da Língua Akwe-Xerente (Jê)
Authors: Sousa Filho, Sinval Martins de
Keywords: American Indigenous Languages
Southern American Languages
Ge-Pano-Carib Languages
Xerente - Grammar
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Universidade Federal de Goiás
Abstract: Although Brazil has more than 180 indigenous native languages (Rodrigues, 1986) the studies documenting (describing and analyzing) those languages are still few. During thelast 20 years many linguists all over the world have signaled the dramatic loss of many of those languages in a short period of time. Given their significance to the scientific knowledge of the languages of the world our work intend to be a contribution to the fieldand to the native indigenous language speakers. In this sense, this study is the firstcomprehensive description of the grammatical structure of Akwe-Xerente, a language of Central Brazil, and a member of the Jê language family. Spoken by some 3,100 people, Akwe-Xerente is at present potentially, though not severely, endangered. This grammar fills a lacuna as it provides an extensive account of the structure of Akwe-Xerente by the description of the language in order: a) to divulge an indigenous language from Brazil; b) to contribute to a Jê comparative grammar; and c) to document an endangered language, especially the ones of the Brazilian country. The work is composed by four chapters. Chapter one presents the Akwe-Xerente people situation and some aspects of their social organization. From chapter two to four, we describe the phonological and morphosyntactic aspects of the Akwe-Xerente language. As any other researchers have not described this particular language, we describe its morphology in a most expanded way, by explaining the function of each morpheme into each grammatical class. In addition, we comment general aspects of the syntax. Finally, the study of the Akwe-Xerente language is part of a research that has the objectives to describe the phonological, morphological and syntactic aspects of indigenous native languages as well as to enlarge the knowledge of the sociolinguistic situations, mainly of the Akwe-Xerente and Terena Languages, known as the Project LIBA (Línguas Indígenas Ameaçadas: documentação (análise e descrição) e tipologias sociolingüísticas).
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