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By Kristine Stenzel

Published throughout the Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas initiative, supported by means of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

This quantity is the 1st descriptive grammar of Kotiria (Wanano), a member of the japanese Tukanoan language kin spoken within the Vaupes River basin of Colombia and Brazil within the northwest Amazon rain woodland. The Kotirias, who've lived during this distant sector for greater than 700 years, perform the advanced Vaup├ęs social procedure, characterised via long-standing linguistic and cultural interplay. The Kotirias remained fairly remoted from the dominant societies till the early a part of the 20 th century, while expanding open air impact within the zone brought on fast social and linguistic swap. this present day the Kotirias quantity in simple terms approximately 16 hundred humans, and their language, although nonetheless utilized in conventional groups, is in probability of changing into endangered.

Kristine Stenzel attracts on 8 years of extensive paintings with the Kotirias to advertise, checklist, and revitalize their language. operating with dozens of local audio system and drawing on quite a few oral narratives and written texts, this publication is the 1st finished examine of this endangered language and one of many few reference grammars of this language family.

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