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This dissertation is a entire grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla (KK), as spoken via approximately a thousand elders within the Peruvian Amazon. It provides exact documentation of the buildings of the language and the features they serve, with wealthy exemplification. This learn is predicated on major fieldwork due to the fact 1997, permitting the research to be grounded in textual content facts. one in every of KK's such a lot salient typological positive factors is a

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Ay eray papisha, ene tɨmapuray tsukuriutsu. Ene napapaya utsu. Napapa ikuapura na ikuautsu. Tɨmapuray na utsu ajan ɨpatsukuara, riaura na ra kumitsa. Tsakumitsara napapapuka, ene ajan, katupiutsu awara. Tɨmapuray na utsu tsukuri; natsenuay? Tatsenura, na kumitsa. Ɨɨss, ikiakatika ay awaura. Ene yay utsu na umipupenan, na errata upi awautsu. Ria na kakɨrɨutsu. Raepetsui, na utsu napapa kakura; na tsukuri wayna kumitsa. Upinan ay ruwaka awara. Raepe ra kumitsa: Yawa utsu ene uwata tuyukari ritamanu chitay na ukua.

After he is born, he goes far away. He arrives to a lake with shores full of good-ripen cocona (Solanum sessiliflorum)… Once there, he remembers his mother. How would I be able to recognize my mother? Where might she be. Far away she must be. Maybe she would listen if I call her, that‟s what he thinks. For real, he raises his head from his lying. He calls “wiii”; he does it loud. Nothing shows up. He keeps on whistling for a while. Then all kinds of boas come closer. You are not my mother (says).

With Spanish being the language of communication for the vast majority of the population, the natural process of language transmission has been interrupted. Although there are some ongoing language revitalization efforts, clear results in terms of learning the language are not yet noticeable. Thus, describing KK allows us to link the scholarly goals of academic linguistics with the need of the community, so that it can contribute to the revitalization of the language. This reference grammar may constitute a valuable resource for the development of pedagogical grammars and classroom materials, as well as for training bilingual teachers in KK and Spanish.

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A grammar of Kokama-Kokamilla by ROSA VALLEJOS YOPÁN

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