By Kristine Stenzel
Published in the course of the convalescing Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by means 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 complicated Vaupés social process, characterised through long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained really remoted from the dominant societies till the early a part of the 20 th century, whilst expanding outdoors impression within the zone caused swift social and linguistic switch. this day the Kotirias quantity merely approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, although nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in hazard of changing into endangered.
Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of extensive paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, list, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on various oral narratives and written texts, this e-book is the 1st finished research of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.
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