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STUF - Language Typology and Universals

Sprachtypologie und Universalienforschung

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Volume 66, Issue 3


A look at the rokorona language

Joshua Birchall
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  • Joshua Birchall Centre for Language Studies, Faculty of Arts, Radboud University, PO Box 9103, 6500 HD Nijmegen, THE NETHERLANDS
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Published Online: 2013-10-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/stuf.2013.0013


This paper presents an analysis of the only remaining documentation of the Rokorona language, a collection of three prayers published in Teza (1868). First, a survey of the various mentions of Rokorona in the ethno-historical literature is presented, allowing for new insights into the original homeland of these people. Then, a number of phonological and grammatical features of the language are identified based on the texts. These features show that Rokorona displays a number of grammatical properties typical of Chapacuran languages, and when combined with the available lexical data, allow for the language to be definitively classified as such.

Keywords: Chapacuran languages; lowland Bolivia; Jesuits; colonial period; prayers

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Published Online: 2013-10-01

Published in Print: 2013-10-01

Citation Information: STUF - Language Typology and Universals, Volume 66, Issue 3, Pages 257–271, ISSN (Online) 2196-7148, ISSN (Print) 1867-8319, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1524/stuf.2013.0013.

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