A Grammar of Bora with Special Attention to Tone by Wesley Thiesen

By Wesley Thiesen

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 very excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in a variety of how one can perform reference. via those classifiers, apposition is the first mechanism for developing referring expressions, instead of the extra cross-linguistically universal mechanism of constituency. additionally they supply tight intersentential unity in discourse. The animate/inanimate contrast is pervasive, manifesting itself within the morphology, syntax, and lexicon. This quantity additionally encompasses a thorough research of Bora grammatical and lexical tone, which has a posh procedure of sandhi with default tone being excessive, not like the vast majority of tonal languages. The ethnographic caricature comprises dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This learn may be of curiosity to all involved in typological concerns, South American languages and peoples, or tone stories. Wesley Thiesen acquired 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, la in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL considering that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts all in favour of the Huallaga Quechua language. He presently serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's conceal depicts a basket hand made through the Bora humans.

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As one faces the higher end, the larger drum is always on the right. The drummer stands between the drums, facing the higher end, and strikes them with the latex-covered clubs. 3 How messages are drummed Because each drum has two pitches (one on each side o f the slit) the pair of drums has four pitches. However, messages are sent using only two contrastive pitches (tones). Although all four pitches are sometimes used in the festival announcement songs, at any given time only two are con­ trastive.

The chief who lived at Ancón and later at Brillo Nuevo also remembered. ) To our knowledge cannibalism has not been practiced by the Bora in more than a century. Starting in 1886, Europeans arrived in pursuit o f rubber, using the native peoples to do the work in exchange for axes, machetes, beads, tin cans, mirrors, and such. The Bora were eager to obtain these things, but after a time rebelled at being enslaved by outsiders. This led to warfare and the massacre of thousands o f indigenous people.

Hardwood chips are placed in the holes and the fire is fanned with a feather fan. Every so often the charred parts are chipped out and the fire is rekindled. After the fire has penetrated the log some distance the fire is directed with a bamboo blowpipe to burn in the right places and the finished edges are protected with wet clay (that must be replaced frequently). Finally, accompanied by a special ceremony, a slit is cut to one side of center between the two holes. Short clubs are carved and covered with latex gathered from the rain forest and cured over a fire.

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