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By Juan Diego Quesada

This is often the 1st complete description of the grammatical constitution of Teribe, a language of Panama, and a member of the Chibchan relations of languages, which covers a large quarter starting from Northeastern Honduras, in the course of the Atlantic of Nicaragua, so much of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, to the West of Venezuela. Spoken via a few 1,000 humans, Teribe is at this time possibly, although now not significantly, endangered. This grammar fills a lacuna in a twofold demeanour: it offers an intensive account of the constitution of Teribe, and in doing so, it reduces the variety of critical American Chibchan languages being undescribed. This grammar is hence meant as a contribution to the outline of the language at 3 degrees: a. language-immanent; b. Chibchan comparative grammar; c. documentation of endangered languages, particularly these of the yankee continent. Teribe is either a transparent consultant of the "Central American" beneficial properties of the Chibchan languages (numeral classifiers, restricted contract, no evidentials), and idiosyncratic inside of those languages (having such phenomena as an inverse building and verb serialization). The learn for this publication was once funded in its entirety by means of the Social Sciences and arts learn Council of Canada.

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