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A grammar of Cavineña
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This book is a detailed high-quality descriptive grammar of the endangered Cavine�na language of the Amazonian rainforest of northern Bolivia. Cavine�na is spoken in an area where the indigenous languages are virtually unknown, namely Lowland Bolivia. Cavine�na also belongs to a family, Tacanan, comprising five languages (Araona, Cavine�na, Ese Ejja, Reyesano and Tacana), none of which has been the subject of an adequate descriptive grammar. The language contains a number of unusual features that will be of interest to typologist linguists, such as an unusual pitch accent system, a morpho-phonological rule that deletes case markers, an intricate predicate structure, a system of verbal suffixes coding associated motion, a specific causative of involvement marker, a peculiar prefix e- that attaches to nouns coding body parts and a complex system of second position clitic pronouns.
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