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The Arapaho Language is the definitive reference grammar of an endangered Algonquian language. Arapaho differs strikingly from other Algonquian languages, making it particularly relevant to the study of historical linguistics and the evolution of grammar. Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss Sr. document Arapaho's interesting features, including a pitch-based accent system with no exact Algonquian parallels, radical innovations in the verb system, and complex contrasts between affirmative and non-affirmative statements.

Cowell and Moss detail strategies used by speakers of this highly polysynthetic language to form complex words and illustrate how word formation interacts with information structure. They discuss word order and discourse-level features, treat the special features of formal discourse style and traditional narratives, and list gender-specific particles, which are widely used in conversation. Appendices include full sets of inflections for a variety of verbs.

Arapaho is spoken primarily in Wyoming, with a few speakers in Oklahoma. The corpus used in The Arapaho Language spans more than a century of documentation, including multiple speakers from Wyoming and Oklahoma, with emphasis on recent recordings from Wyoming. The book cites approximately 2,000 language examples drawn largely from natural discourse - either recorded spoken language or texts written by native speakers.

With The Arapaho Language, Cowell and Moss have produced a comprehensive document of a language that, in its departures from its nearest linguistic neighbors, sheds light on the evolution of grammar.

Synopsis:

The Arapaho Language is the definitive reference grammar of an endangered Algonquian language. Arapaho differs strikingly from other Algonquian languages, making it particularly relevant to the study of historical linguistics and the evolution of grammar. Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss Sr. document Arapaho's interesting features, including a pitch-based accent system with no exact Algonquian parallels, radical innovations in the verb system, and complex contrasts between affirmative and non-affirmative statements.

Synopsis:

The Arapaho Language is a comprehensive reference grammar of an endangered Algonquian language spoken primarily in Wyoming. Arapaho differs strikingly from other Algonquian languages, making it particularly interesting for the study of historical linguistics and the evolution of grammar. The Arapaho Language cites approximately 2,000 language examples drawn largely from natural discourse????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????either recorded spoken language or texts written by native speakers. The corpus used spans more than a century of documentation, including multiple speakers from Wyoming and Oklahoma (where the language is also spoken), with emphasis on recent recordings from Wyoming. With The Arapaho Language, Cowell and Moss have produced a comprehensive document of a language that, in its departures from its nearest linguistic neighbors, sheds light on the evolution of language.

About the Author

Andrew Cowell is a professor of linguistics at the University of Colorado. Alonzo Moss Sr. is a native speaker of Arapaho from Wyoming who has worked extensively to teach and document the language on the Wind River Reservation.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780870819018
Author:
Cowell, Andrew
Publisher:
University Press of Colorado
With:
Moss, Alonzo, Sr.
Author:
Alonzo Moss
Author:
Moss Sr, Alonzo
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American Languages
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Grammar
Subject:
Arapaho language.
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Arapaho language -- Grammar.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Subject:
Foreign Languages-Native American
Subject:
Native American Studies
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6.3 x 1.4 in

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The Arapaho Language is the definitive reference grammar of an endangered Algonquian language. Arapaho differs strikingly from other Algonquian languages, making it particularly relevant to the study of historical linguistics and the evolution of grammar. Andrew Cowell and Alonzo Moss Sr. document Arapaho's interesting features, including a pitch-based accent system with no exact Algonquian parallels, radical innovations in the verb system, and complex contrasts between affirmative and non-affirmative statements.
"Synopsis" by , The Arapaho Language is a comprehensive reference grammar of an endangered Algonquian language spoken primarily in Wyoming. Arapaho differs strikingly from other Algonquian languages, making it particularly interesting for the study of historical linguistics and the evolution of grammar. The Arapaho Language cites approximately 2,000 language examples drawn largely from natural discourse????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????either recorded spoken language or texts written by native speakers. The corpus used spans more than a century of documentation, including multiple speakers from Wyoming and Oklahoma (where the language is also spoken), with emphasis on recent recordings from Wyoming. With The Arapaho Language, Cowell and Moss have produced a comprehensive document of a language that, in its departures from its nearest linguistic neighbors, sheds light on the evolution of language.
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