By Kristine Stenzel
This quantity is the 1st descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the japanese Tukanoan language relatives 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 method, characterised by means of long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained fairly remoted from the dominant societies till the early a part of the 20th century, whilst expanding outdoor impact within the sector prompted fast social and linguistic swap. this day the Kotirias quantity basically approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, notwithstanding nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in possibility of changing into endangered.
Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of in depth paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, checklist, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on various oral narratives and written texts, this publication is the 1st finished learn of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.
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