Arawakan: Maipure-Yavitero

Raoul Zamponi

in The Oxford Handbook of Compounding

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199695720
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Arawakan: Maipure-Yavitero

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Under the (compound) name Maipure–Yavitero, three languages of northeastern Amazonia, constituting a subgroup of the northern division of the Arawakan (or Maipuran) family, are gathered together: Maipure, Yavitero (or Parene), and Baniva (or Baniva/Baniwa of Guainía). Of the three members of the Maipure–Yavitero group, only Baniva has speakers today. The language is spoken in the villages of Maroa and La Comunidad, in the area of the Casiquiare river in the Venezuelan state of Amazonas, along the Caño Aki (a tributary of the Guainía) in Colombian territory, and along the Xié river (a tributary of the Rio Negro) in Brazilian territory (Warekena dialect), by about 1,200 people altogether. This chapter discusses the characteristics of compound words, phrasal and clausal compounds, incipient compounding, and compound words in languages with few compound words.

Keywords: Amazonia; Maipure; Yavitero; Baniva; compound words; compounding

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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