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By Doris L. Payne

Lowland South American languages were one of the least studied ln the realm. as a result, their past contribution to linguistic thought and language universals has been small. in spite of the fact that, as this quantity demonstrates, large range and importance are present in the languages of this region.

These nineteen essays, initially provided at a convention on Amazonian languages held on the collage of Oregon, provide new info at the Tupian, Cariban, Jivaroan, Nambiquaran, Arawakan, Tucanoan, and Makuan languages and new analyses of formerly recalcitrant Tupí-Guaraní verb contract systems.

The stories are descriptive, yet typological and theoretical implications are constantly thought of. Authors continuously point out the place past claims needs to be adjusted in accordance with the recent details offered. this can be real within the parts of nonlinear phonological conception, verb contract platforms and ergativity, grammatical relatives and incorporation, and the individuality of Amazonian noun category structures. The stories additionally give a contribution to the now huge curiosity in grammatical change.

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