By Kristine Stenzel
Published during the convalescing Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by way of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This quantity is the 1st descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the jap Tukanoan language relations spoken within the Vaupes River basin of Colombia and Brazil within the northwest Amazon rain woodland. The Kotirias, who've lived during this distant quarter for greater than 700 years, perform the advanced Vaupés social process, characterised via long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained quite remoted from the dominant societies until eventually the early a part of the 20th century, while expanding open air effect within the quarter prompted fast social and linguistic switch. this day the Kotirias quantity in basic terms approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, although nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in threat of turning into endangered.
Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of in depth paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, list, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on quite a few oral narratives and written texts, this e-book is the 1st accomplished examine of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.
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