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A REFERENCE GRAMMAR OF WANANO
byKRISTINE SUE STENZELB.A., Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 1983M.A., University of Colorado, 2002A thesis submitted to theFaculty of the Graduate School of theUniversity of Colorado in partial fulfillmentof the requirement for the degree of Doctor of PhilosophyDepartment of Linguistics2004
 
 Examining committee:Dr. Jule Gomez de GarciaDr. Barbara FoxDr. David RoodDr. Melissa AxelrodDr. Darna Dufour
 
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Stenzel, Kristine Sue (Ph.D., Linguistics)A Reference Grammar of WananoThesis directed by Dr. Jule Gomez de Garcia and Dr. Barbara FoxThis dissertation is a descriptive reference grammar of Wanano, an Eastern Tukanolanguage spoken by approximately 1600 people living on the Vaupés River in northwesternAmazonia (Brazil and Colombia). Typologically, Wanano is a polysynthetic, agglutinating,nominative/accusative language whose prominent characteristics include suprasegmentalnasalization and tone, an elaborate system of noun classification, and highly complex verbalmorphology involving root serialization and obligatory coding of clause modality.The grammar is organized into seven chapters. Chapter 1 provides important socio-linguistic background information on the Wanano people: their location, demographics, andsocial organization, which is grounded in a marriage system based on linguistic exogamy. It alsooutlines current language maintenance efforts, which include the development of an orthographyand materials for a Wanano bilingual education program. Chapter 2 discusses phonology, givingthe phonemic inventory and presenting the basic features of suprasegmental nasalization andtonal phenomena. Chapter 3 analyzes grammatical categories: types of morphemes and criteria bywhich grammatical and phonological words are distinguished. Chapter 4 describes nouns andnoun phrases. It includes an overview of the noun classification system, categories of nominalmorphology, and types of modification in noun phrases. Chapters 5-7 address different aspects of Wanano verbs. Chapter 5 presents verbal syntax: the coding of arguments and adjuncts, basicverb phrase structure, and types of modification. Chapter 6 analyzes the semantics andmorphology of verbs and shows how different classes of verbs participate in unique ways in theparadigm of verbal morphology. Chapter 7 completes the analysis of verbal morphology with a

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