By Jeanette Sakel
Moseten belongs to the small, unclassified language relations Mosetenan and is spoken through approximately 800 humans within the foothills of the Bolivian Andes and the adjacent lowland zone. This ebook presents a grammatical description of Moseten within the type of a descriptive reference grammar. it really is in accordance with the author's broad fieldwork in Bolivia and is meant to be finished and aimed toward linguists from all backgrounds. Belonging to an unclassified language relations, Moseten is of particular curiosity to typologists, old linguists, touch linguists and South Americanists. The grammar is split right into a bankruptcy on phonology (2.) and 6 chapters at the morphology: morphological tactics (3.) the nominal approach (4.), pronouns and reference (5.), adjectives and adverbs (6.), quantification (7.) and the verbal procedure (8.). those chapters are through voice (9.), negation (10.) and modality and discourse markers (11.). eventually, there are syntactically orientated chapters on clause varieties (12.) and clause mixtures (13.). within the appendix, 3 kinds of texts, an inventory of morphemes, an inventory of references and additional bibliographical notes are additional. additionally, there's an index. This grammar is the 1st obtainable and complete description of a Mosetenan language.
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Spanish is exclusively spoken, as there are no teachers who speak MosetCn. Often, children shift entirely to Spanish when having entered school. 3. ), Spanish has had considerable influence on Mosetkn. Speakers use a number of Spanish loanwords. Some of these loanwords have undergone sound changes, being pronounced according to the phonology of MosetCn. I usually write these words in the same way as they are pronounced, such as resya 'church' instead of the Spanish form iglesia, and ishkwera 'school' instead of escuela.
The genetic affiliation of Mosetenan The genetic affiliation of Mosetenan to other languages or language families is unclear. A number of scholars have proposed similarities with several other languages, but the proofs are usually vague. In this way, a number of travelers and missionaries have compared MosetCn to other languages, based on sound similarities and first impressions. ). Swadesh (1963: The genetic affiliation of Mosetenan 3 3 18) proposed that MosetCn should be grouped with the language family Chon - Ona and Tehuelche - from Southern Argentina and Chile.
5. History and method of my research The data presented in this grammar are based on my own fieldwork in Bolivia. I carried out fieldwork four times: July-August 1999 January- April 2000 July-September 2000 January - February 2002 (1 month) (4 months) (2 months) (2 months) MosetCn region La Paz, MosetCn region La Paz, Cochabamba Cochabamba On my first, preliminary fieldtrip in 1999, I introduced myself to the Mosetenes and met a number of people interested in linguistic work. I stayed in Covendo, and visited Santa Ana, recording different types of language data.