Readership: Linguists, anthropologists, philosophers, and others interested in the Amazonian languages and their speakers. The book is designed both as a
reference for research and as an introduction for graduate and advanced undergraduate courses in Latin American studies, Amazonian studies, linguistic typology, and general linguistics.
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald is Distinguished Professor and Research Leader (People and Societies of the Tropics) at the Cairns Institute, James Cook University, Australia. She is an authority on languages of the Arawak family, from northern Amazonia, and has written grammars of Bare (1995, based on work with the last speaker who has since died) and Warekena (1998), plus A Grammar of Tariana, from northwest Amazonia (CUP, 2003). Her comprehensive grammar, The Manambu Language from East Sepik, Papua New Guinea, was published by OUP in 2008.
Other books include Classifiers: a Typology of Noun Categorization Devices (2000, paperback 2003), Language Contact in Amazonia (2002), Evidentiality (2004, paperback 2006), and Imperatives and Commands (2010) all published by OUP. She is co-editor with R. M. W. Dixon of the OUP series Explorations in Linguistic Typology, the fifth volume of which is The Semantics of Clause Linking (2009, paperback 2011).
"A very useful and interesting guide. An admirable piece of work." - Studies in Language
"A highly informative and accessible resource that brings the fascinating intricacies of these languages into the view of a wide audience." - Patience Epps, Anthropological Linguistics
"A great resource for specialists, but Aikhenvald wrote it in such a way that it is also accessible to nonspecialists. The author has vast knowledge and experience in this area ... Highly recommended."
"A well-organized, highly readable, and lively book...a worthy and lasting reference work that everyone will want on his/her
bookshelf." - Eithne B. Carin, Language
1: Languages of the Amazon: a bird's eye view
2: Language Contact in Amazonia
3: Sounds of Amazonia
4: Building Words
5: The Multifaceted Noun
6: The Versatile Verb
7: Who Does What to Whom: grammatical relations
8: Changing Valency
9: How to Know Things: evidentials in Amazonia
10: Reflecting the World Around: genders, noun classes, and classifiers
11: 'We can't say it with one word': multiverb constructions
12: Putting a Sentence Together
13: The Art of Speech
14: Finale: the treasures of Amazonian languages
Glossary of terms
Index of authors
Index of languages, linguistic families, and areas
Index of subjects