Participant referencing in Cashinahua

Statement of Responsibility:
Montag, Richard
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Date:
2005
Abstract:

The Panoan language group called Cashinahua are deep jungle hunter, horticulturalists living on the headwaters of the Purús River in eastern Peru and the Tarauacá River of western Brazil. They have a complex switch-reference system used to identify participants in dependent clause relations in any multiple clause utterance. This system is used in any speech situation to relate one clause to a following clause which may or may not be the next clause in the sequence; its referencing capacities are more obvious in narratives. After the participants have been introduced in narratives, hearers are able to track subjects and objects in long sentences, sometimes hundreds of clauses, when very few nouns or pronouns have been used to identify participants. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how this switch reference system works.

Extent:
11 pages
Subject:
Brazil
Cashinahua
Clauses
complex switch-reference
Panoan language group
Peru
Switch reference
Country:
Peru
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