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By Wesley Thiesen

ISBN-10: 1556713010

ISBN-13: 9781556713019

This can be the 1st entire linguistic learn of Bora, a typologically strange language spoken in Colombia and Peru, the results of 4 many years of labor one of the Bora humans. The language has a really excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in quite a few how one can perform reference. through those classifiers, apposition is the first mechanism for developing referring expressions, instead of the extra cross-linguistically universal mechanism of constituency. in addition they offer tight intersentential unity in discourse. The animate/inanimate contrast is pervasive, manifesting itself within the morphology, syntax, and lexicon. This quantity additionally features a thorough research of Bora grammatical and lexical tone, which has a posh process of sandhi with default tone being excessive, unlike nearly all of tonal languages. The ethnographic comic strip comprises dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This research should be of curiosity to all excited about typological matters, South American languages and peoples, or tone reports. Wesley Thiesen bought 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 obtained his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the college of California, l. a. in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL considering that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts interested in 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.

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It is also believed that if a boa were shot with a gun, its spirit would damage the gun so that it would never shoot straight again. Boas pose a real threat to the Bora people. Once a woman was out hunt­ ing with her husband late at night. She waited in a canoe while her husband followed the sound of an animal on the bank. He heard her scream. When he got to the canoe, she was gone. The canoe was full o f water and the kerosene lamp was floating on the water. The people from the village came and searched the area thoroughly, but she was never found.

As they discuss the problem at hand, they fill their cheeks with roasted coca leaves that have been ground into a fine powder and lick a thick paste o f boiled tobacco juice from a stick inserted into their small bottles. 4 As late as 1952, the Bora people were living in traditional clan units. Each clan lived in a large communal house. 5 Just inside the entrance o f the communal house, to the right, are the Bora signal drums. 8. The father or grandfather was the chief of each unit. He lived in the place o f honor at the back o f the house (at the other end from the front door).

This is filled with cahuana. The people at the festival drink from this throughout the festival. 6 A typical festival In 1952, the senior co-author and his wife, Eva Thiesen, described a typical festival as follows: The chief told us excitedly that he was preparing a big festival, that he remembered how his forefathers had done it, and that he was going to do the same. He wanted to make a big dance so all the people would come together, so he could talk to them. He had been planning to make this dance for a long time, and had planted much extra food so that there would be plenty.

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