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

By Wesley Thiesen

This can be the 1st entire linguistic research 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 an extremely excessive variety of classifiers (over 300). those classifiers are utilized in quite a few how you 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 supply tight intersentential harmony 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 method of sandhi with default tone being excessive, not like nearly all of tonal languages. The ethnographic caricature contains dialogue of the original Bora sign drums. This research should be of curiosity to all curious about typological concerns, South American languages and peoples, or tone reports. Wesley Thiesen obtained 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 because 1969. From 1972 to 2002 their efforts desirous about the Huallaga Quechua language. He at the moment serves as an SIL linguistic advisor. The book's conceal depicts a basket hand made by means of the Bora humans.

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Along the Igara-Parana River in Colombia there are Bora people in small groups at Esmeraldas, Redondo, Indostan, Santa Julia, Providencia and Nuevo Providencia, Latagua, and La Chorerra. 80 hectares. 2 When the Peruvian Ministry of Education, in collaboration with the Summer Institute o f Linguistics, initiated bilingual education among the Bora in 1955, the people were very enthusiastic. Little by little they began moving together so their children could attend school. Because they needed more land for a larger town, the people from Ancón moved across the river and upstream to a place where there was a larger flat area.

These are made from the fibers of the chambira palm, which are twined by rolling along the thigh. 5 Dress and personal adornment The Bora now wear western-style clothing. Some o f this they purchase and some they sew themselves. Both the men and the women sew, either by hand or with a sewing machine. They enjoy beauty in attire as well as in ornaments such as bracelets and earrings. In former times Bora men wore a loincloth made o f bark cloth. Men (and women) used to wear sticks through their noses; some of the older people still have the holes in their noses, but no longer wear the sticks.

This sifted starch is sprinkled onto a ceramic baking plate (similar to the large, black, roasting kettle used to toast coca leaves). This has been preheated over a fire (usually made with numerous small pieces o f firewood). oó. When one side is sufficiently cooked, it is removed from the fire and another portion is spread on the plate. Then the first portion is put on top of the second so that they become one. In this way a piece of bread may become nearly an inch thick. It is, however, sometimes made thin.

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