By Marian Klamer
Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in jap Indonesia, situated simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is extremely endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are truly on the topic of one another, as indicated through the numerous obvious cognates and the very related pronominal paradigms chanced on around the staff, their genetic dating to different Papuan languages continues to be arguable. positioned a few 1,000 km from their putative Papuan associates at the New Guinea mainland, the Alor-Pantar languages are the main far-off westerly Papuan outliers. A grammar of Teiwa offers a grammatical description of 1 of those 'outlier' languages.
The booklet is based as a reference grammar: after a common creation at the language, it audio system and the linguistic state of affairs on Alor and Pantar, the grammar builds up from an outline of the language's phonology and note sessions to its higher grammatical components and their mutual relatives: nominal words, serial verb structures, clauses, clause mixtures, and data constitution. whereas many Papuan languages are morphologically advanced, Teiwa is sort of analytic: it has just one paradigm of item marking prefixes, and one verbal suffix marking realis prestige. different typologically attention-grabbing beneficial properties of the language contain: (i) the presence of uvular fricatives and prevents, that is extraordinary for languages of japanese Indonesia; (ii) the absence of trivalent verbs: transitive verbs decide upon a unmarried (animate or inanimate) item, whereas the extra player is expressed with a separate predicate; and (iii) the absence of morpho-syntactically encoded embedded clauses. A grammar of Teiwa is predicated on basic box info, gathered through the writer in 2003-2007. a variety of glossed and translated Teiwa texts of assorted genres and notice lists (Teiwa-English / English-Teiwa) are included.
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Teiwa is a non-Austronesian ('Papuan') language spoken at the island of Pantar, in jap Indonesia, situated simply north of Timor island. It has approx. 4,000 audio system and is very endangered. whereas the non-Austronesian languages of the Alor-Pantar archipelago are essentially concerning one another, as indicated by means of the various obvious cognates and the very related pronominal paradigms discovered around the crew, their genetic dating to different Papuan languages is still arguable.
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