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By Wesley Thiesen

ISBN-10: 1556713010

ISBN-13: 9781556713019

This can be the 1st complete linguistic examine 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 an incredibly excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in quite a few how one can perform reference. by way of those classifiers, apposition is the first mechanism for growing referring expressions, instead of the extra cross-linguistically universal mechanism of constituency. additionally 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 the vast majority of tonal languages. The ethnographic cartoon contains dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This research can be of curiosity to all taken with typological matters, South American languages and peoples, or tone stories. Wesley Thiesen got 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 bought his Ph.D. in Linguistics from the collage of California, l. a. in 1983. He and his spouse Diana have labored with SIL due to the fact that 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts involved in the Huallaga Quechua language. He at the moment serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's disguise depicts a basket hand made by way of the Bora humans.

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This is repeated, usually five or six times. The starch settles to the bottom of the kettle. The water, which now contains the toxins, is poured into another kettle and boiled with fish or the meat o f small animals, hot pepper (or whatever) until it becomes a black paste. ) The boiling destroys the poisons. The resulting paste is eaten as a dip for cassava. To remove the excess liquid from the starch, it is put into a cylindrical woven reed press called a po:ahm. These are stretched with weights to squeeze out the liquid.

Many baby chicks fall victim to hawks and other predators shortly after they hatch because they are not protected. Aside from raising chickens, there is little other animal husbandry. Dogs are kept for hunting, and are valued for that purpose. 6 House construction Two types o f house are constructed, the large communal house and individual family houses. The men build the houses. The communal house The communal house is square, 30-40 feet on each side (depending on the number o f people who will occupy it), with a sloping thatched roof and low walls o f split logs.

Most people still spread a sheet on the floor under a mosquito net. Whole families may sleep under one net. As the children grow, the family tries to buy more blankets and nets. A lamparina, a simple kerosene lamp, is left burning all night for protection against wild animals and the spirits. Log stairways may be pulled up or gates closed to keep dogs and animals out. Lots of people now make railings around their porches to keep small children from falling. 11This is probably not carnauba, despite the sim ilarity o f the local Spanish name.

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