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Bossong, G (2009). The typology of Tupi-Guarani as reflected in the grammars of four Jesuit missionaries. Anchieta (1595), Aragona (c. 1625), Montoya (1640) and Restivo (1729). Historiographia Linguistica, 36(2):225-268.

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Some fundamental typological peculiarities of Guarani, namely the inclusive-exclusive distinction, transnumerality, the nominal tense, the (non)-distinction of subjects and objects, and duality (active-stative alignment) are presented and analyzed from both a modern and a historical perspective: first, to better understand the features of Guarani; second, to illuminate the difficulties missionaries faced when trying to cope with language structures that drastically differed from their training in Latin grammar. Using the missionaries' grammars as first-hand testimony, the conclusion is reached that we have not significantly advanced beyond these works from the 17th and 18th centuries. Although none of the Jesuit padres arrived at a clear understanding of all the peculiarities of Tupi-Guarani that are dealt with in this paper, they made substantial contributions to describing the unusual features of this language family adequately, and thus went deliberately beyond the framework of Latin school grammar


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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Deposited On:04 Mar 2010 16:45
Last Modified:27 Nov 2013 23:55
Publisher DOI:10.1075/hl.36.2.04bos
Official URL:http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_seriesview.cgi?series=hl

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