By Wesley Thiesen
This can be the 1st finished linguistic examine of Bora, a typologically strange language spoken in Colombia and Peru, the results of 4 a long time of labor one of the Bora humans. The language has an extremely excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in numerous how one can perform reference. by way of those classifiers, apposition is the first mechanism for developing referring expressions, instead of the extra cross-linguistically universal mechanism of constituency. additionally they supply tight intersentential team spirit in discourse. The animate/inanimate contrast is pervasive, manifesting itself within the morphology, syntax, and lexicon. This quantity additionally incorporates a thorough research of Bora grammatical and lexical tone, which has a fancy method of sandhi with default tone being excessive, unlike the vast majority of tonal languages. The ethnographic comic strip contains dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This learn may be of curiosity to all keen on typological concerns, South American languages and peoples, or tone reviews. Wesley Thiesen got his B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton collage in 1948. He and his spouse Eva labored for SIL one of the Bora-speaking humans from 1952 to retirement in 1998, dwelling a lot of that point in a Bora village. David Weber got his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the college of California, l. a. in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL when you consider that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts fascinated with the Huallaga Quechua language. He at present serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's disguise depicts a basket hand made via the Bora humans.