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A grammatical description of Kamsá, a language isolate of Colombia

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Title:A grammatical description of Kamsá, a language isolate of Colombia
Authors:O'Brien, Colleen Alena
Contributors:Campbell, Lyle (advisor)
Linguistics (department)
Indigenous languages
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Date Issued:Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:This dissertation presents a description of the grammar of Kamsá, an endangered language isolate spoken in the Putumayo department of southern Colombia. It is the first developed account of the language’s phonology, morphology, and syntax. Kamsá is highly endangered due to the displacement of speakers and language shift. A reference grammar of a previously under-described language offers a number of potential benefits to general linguistics, showing what is possible in human languages. In addition to typologists, comparative and historical linguists are always interested to see whether an assumed isolate may, in fact, be demonstrably related to a known language family. The increasing endangerment of Kamsá, heightened by the displacement of Kamsá speakers from their ancestral home, has made the need for documentation and description extremely urgent, and this grammar will perhaps be useful for the creation of pedagogical materials, as well.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Pages/Duration:278 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
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