A Grammar of Hup by Epps, Patience

By Epps, Patience

This paintings is a reference grammar of Hup, a member of the Nadahup relations (also often called Makú or Vaupés-Japura), that is spoken within the fascinatingly multilingual Vaupés sector of the northwest Amazon. This distinct description and research is proficient by means of a functional-typological viewpoint, with specific connection with areal touch and grammaticalization. The grammar starts off with an creation to the cultural and linguistic historical past of Hup audio system, provides an summary of the phonology, and follows this with chapters on morphosyntax (nominal morphology, verbs and verb compounding, stressful, element, modality, evidentiality, etc.); it concludes with discussions of negation, the easy clause, and clause combining. a couple of beneficial properties of Hup grammar are typologically major, equivalent to its technique of inversion in query formation, its procedure of Differential item Marking, and its therapy of ownership. Hup additionally indicates numerous hugely strange paths of grammaticalization, corresponding to the advance of a verbal destiny suffix from the noun stick, tree. The ebook additionally incorporates a collection of texts and a CD-ROM with audio records.

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Relationships and even marriages between members of the same clan do occur (cf. ” As in the Vaupés generally (cf. , marriage between two pairs of opposite-sex siblings) is an ideal (and to some extent a norm), and forms the mythological basis for established patterns of marriage between specific pairs of clans (said to be descended from male ancestors who married each others’ sisters; cf. Pozzobon 1991: 122). In their religious and spiritual life, the Hupd’h in general are nominally Catholic, and most villages hold Sunday services (in Tukano) led by a resident River Indian (who is often also the schoolteacher).

17 This association is usually not considered to be particularly binding – at least not on the part of the Hupd’h. It appears to be somewhat less common today than it was in the past, but this is not entirely clear. Vaupés multilingualism and language contact 25 While this socioeconomic interaction is essentially ‘symbiotic’, it is marked by a profound social inequality (which is probably what led early visitors to characterize it as enslavement). The River Indians treat the Hupd’h and other Nadahup peoples as inferior, and hold them in considerable contempt.

Dialectal variation in Hup 13 This is undoubtedly due to the fact that interaction between the Western group and the other groups is minimal, at least on the Tiquié side (it may be greater along the Papuri River, where one might expect to find a more gradual continuum between the dialects). Differences are phonological, lexical, and grammatical in nature. In general, the Central dialect appears to be the most conservative, in some cases preserving internally analyzable variants of forms that have been phonologically reduced in the Eastern and Western dialects.

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