By Henk Courtz
The Carib language, often referred to as Galibi or actual Carib, is spoken by way of a few 7000 humans dwelling in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil. Henk Courtz's ebook, initially a Leiden college Ph.D. dissertation, encompasses a particular description of Carib grammar and the main vast stock of Carib lexemes and affixes to date. the cloth is of curiosity to students within the fields of linguistic typology, comparative Cariban linguistics, Carib dialects, and to someone who's curious to understand extra in regards to the Carib language of South-America. Please stopover at the publisher's web site (www.MagoriaBooks.com) for excerpts and errata.
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81 Hoff (1968, 52) interprets these Carib diphthongs as ‘diphthongal vowel phonemes’, thus adding six phonemes to the phoneme inventory. I prefer to interpret the diphthongs as cases of two free phonemes in a single syllable nucleus. g. ’. 83 Postpositions: /Qse/ ‘wanting’ and /Qwa/ ‘to, for’, and particles: /Qkare/ ‘of course (sarcastically)’, /Qko/ ‘poor, insignificant’, /Qkopore/ ‘more’, /Qkuru/ ‘as people say’, /Qmi/ ‘late, passed-away’, /Qnare/ ‘I wouldn’t know, you tell me’, /Qne/ ‘exactly’, and /Qsu/ ‘enormous’).
72 Hoff 1968 259-263, Renault-Lescure 1981 95-96. 73 Mosonyi 1978 vi. 74 Álvarez and Socorro 1998b. The view of Álvarez and Socorro (reiterated in Álvarez 2006) agrees with views presented in grammars of the related languages Hixkaryana (Derbyshire 1985 234-235) and Trio (Meira 1999 146 and Carlin 2004 384). 3: Adjectival nouns). 76 Hoff 1968 126-127. 77 According to our information, not only the anaphoric pronominal prefix ty- is used in past habitual forms that may be interpreted as finite, but another third person prefix, i-, as well.
Examples: 80 The combination /jy/ is very rare. ’. 81 Hoff (1968, 52) interprets these Carib diphthongs as ‘diphthongal vowel phonemes’, thus adding six phonemes to the phoneme inventory. I prefer to interpret the diphthongs as cases of two free phonemes in a single syllable nucleus. g. ’. 83 Postpositions: /Qse/ ‘wanting’ and /Qwa/ ‘to, for’, and particles: /Qkare/ ‘of course (sarcastically)’, /Qko/ ‘poor, insignificant’, /Qkopore/ ‘more’, /Qkuru/ ‘as people say’, /Qmi/ ‘late, passed-away’, /Qnare/ ‘I wouldn’t know, you tell me’, /Qne/ ‘exactly’, and /Qsu/ ‘enormous’).
A Carib grammar and dictionary by Henk Courtz