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By Wesley Thiesen

ISBN-10: 1556713010

ISBN-13: 9781556713019

This can be the 1st accomplished linguistic research of Bora, a typologically strange language spoken in Colombia and Peru, the results of 4 a long time of labor one of the Bora humans. The language has a really excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in a number of 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 supply tight intersentential solidarity 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 approach of sandhi with default tone being excessive, unlike nearly all of tonal languages. The ethnographic comic strip contains dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This examine could be of curiosity to all taken with typological matters, South American languages and peoples, or tone reports. Wesley Thiesen bought his B.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton university 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 collage of California, l. a. in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL considering the fact that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts concerned with the Huallaga Quechua language. He at the moment serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's conceal depicts a basket hand made through the Bora humans.

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The third has been working in the O ffice o f Bilingual Education in Iquitos. 3. SOCIAL STRUCTURE 7 When matters o f discipline, festivals, fishing and hunting need to be discussed, the chief calls his council together, using the large signal drums. The council consists o f all the adult men. When convened, the members sit in a circle, either around the fireplace at the center o f the big house or near the signal drums. 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.

It is believed that no one should kill a boa. If, for some reason, someone must do so, he should first locate a tall tree nearby, and wind a vine into a loop as used to support the feet when climbing a tree. Then he should go kill the boa, run to the tree, put the vine loop at the foot o f the tree, and run off in the other direction. It is believed that the spirit of the boa would follow him, seeking revenge, but upon coming to the tree and seeing the vine, would deduce that he had gone up to the upper world, and thus would stop pursuing him.

For example, they make shoulder bags and hammocks from the fibers of the chambira palm, weave baskets, carve paddles, make feather headdresses, fiutes, and jaguar tooth necklaces. These are generally taken to Iquitos and sold to stores that resell them to tourists. 1 Agriculture and gathering The men cut down the trees to make a new field. The women burn it, clean it, plant it, cultivate it, and harvest the crops. Each family owns its own field but a great part of the work is done together. One day they all work in one field, the next day in another, and so on.

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