By Henk Courtz
The Carib language, also known as Galibi or precise Carib, is spoken by means of a few 7000 humans dwelling in Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil. Henk Courtz's booklet, initially a Leiden college Ph.D. dissertation, includes a designated description of Carib grammar and the main broad stock of Carib lexemes and affixes up to now. the fabric 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 concerning the Carib language of South-America. Please stopover at the publisher's site (www.MagoriaBooks.com) for excerpts and errata.
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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. Thus, this book contains the first description of the third person prefixes i- and ty- being used in finite verb forms.
E. [Ɂ]) suggests using the same symbol. For example, apart from some difference in vowel length due to the presence or absence of a syllable coda, the only difference in pronunciation between àa ‘yes’ and àna ‘we’ is [n]. Of course, a grave accent representing a coda plosive always precedes a consonant (as in àna), and a grave accent representing a hiatus always precedes a vowel (as in àa). aN/ ‘yes’ In quick pronunciation, the [Ɂ] appears to be absent or replaced by [j]. 3) is represented in the orthography in this book.
U] [paɁu] ‘I’ ‘island’ (cf. 2 Vowel harmony Vowel harmony may be seen in the following cases: (a) The prefix /ki-/ ‘allegation’ assimilates the pronunciation of its vowel to the next vowel, at least in Venezuelan and eastern Surinamese Carib (but not in Guyanese and western Surinamese Carib). Examples: /kinapojan/ [kanaɁpojaŋ] ky- ni- apo -jan alleg- aeo- feel -Tpru ‘he feels’ /kinikupijan/ [kiniɁkiubijiaŋ] ky- ni- kupi -jan alleg- aeo- bathe -Tpru ‘he bathes’ /kinonojan/ [kononojaŋ] ky- ni- ono -jan alleg- aeo- eat -Tpru ‘he eats’ (b) The possessive suffixes /-ri/ and /-ti/ assimilate their vowel to a preceding /u/.