New publication describes the grammar of Kankanaey, a language of the Philippines

...Presents a rich and insightful description of the morphosyntax of this previously undescribed language, and it illustrates well the value of Role and Reference Grammar as a framework for grammatical description. It is a significant contribution to the study of Philippine languages.

–Dr. Robert Van Valin, Heinrich-Heine University

(August 2014) SIL International Publications has just released a new resource: Kankanaey: A Role and Reference Grammar Analysis, by Dr. Janet L. Allen. Kankanaey is spoken in the northern Philippines, mainly in Benguet Province. This is the first published work to provide a detailed description of the language.

Kankanaey is a language which follows the grammatical pattern known as ergativity. Allen presents her research in the context of other Austronesian and Philippine-type languages, such as Tagalog, Iloko and other Cordilleran languages. The book is valuable not only as a reference to Kankanaey grammar, but also as an example of the application of the Role and Reference Grammar framework.

Janet Allen and her family lived in various Kankanaey-speaking communities while working with SIL Philippines between 1975 and 1996. She is currently on the faculty of the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas. The book’s content was originally written as the dissertation for Allen’s PhD, which she earned from Heinrich-Heine University (Düsseldorf, Germany) in 2011.

Purchase Kankanaey: A Role and Reference Grammar Analysis from SIL International Publications.

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