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Compares and contrasts Emberá-Katío and Northern Emberá (Colombia) proper with each other and with other languages of the Emberá branch of the Chocó family.
Gives special reference to Epena Pedee (Saija) of the Southern Emberá group. Is of special interest to linguists of all persuasions, especially typologists, Americanists, and those interested in the Chocó and adjacent language families. Builds on the fourth book in the subseries, Epena Pedee syntax, by Phillip L. Harms. Details grammatical structures from phonemics to discourse.
Charles A. Mortensen began fieldwork in Colombia in 1991. He studied the Emberá-Katío language for two years before completing an M.A. degree in linguistics. He returned to Colombia in 1995 and began research in Northern Emberá Proper, and finished writing his research results at a grammar writing workshop in 1998.