Andoque language

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Andoque
Native to Colombia
Native speakers
370  (2007)[1]
Bora–Witoto ?
  • Andoque
Language codes
ISO 639-3 ano
Glottolog ando1256[2]

The Andoque language is an aboriginal language spoken by a few hundred Andoque in Northern South America, and is in decline.[1]

In 2000, there were 610 speakers in the area of the Anduche River, downstream from Aracuara, Amazonas, Colombia; 50 were monolinguals. The language is no longer spoken in Peru. 80% of speakers are proficient in Spanish.

Genetic relations[edit]

Kaufman's (2007) Bora–Witótoan stock includes Andoque in the Witótoan family, but other linguists, such as Richard Aschmann, consider Andoque an isolate.

Description[edit]

Phonology[edit]

Vowels

Front Central Back
Close i î ɨ u
Mid e ê ə ~ə o ô
Open a â ʌ ~ʌ ɒ

There are nine oral vowels and six nasal vowels, which can each take high or low tone.

Consonants

labial alveolar palatal velar glottal
voiceless stops p t k ʔ
voiced stops b d j (y)
nasals m n ɲ (ñ)
voiceless fricatives f s h

Classifiers[edit]

The subject noun does not appear alone, but is accompanied by markers for gender or noun classifiers (which are determined by shape). These noun classifiers are as follows:

animate
masculine
present (-ya-)
absent (-o-)
femenine
present (-î-)
absent (-ô-)
collective (-ə-)
inanimate
flexible or hollow (-o-)
rigid or elongated (-ó-)
other (-ʌ-)

Person markers include o- ("I"), ha- ("you (singular)"), ka- ("we") and - ("you (plural)").

The adjectival or verbal predicate has a suffix which agrees with the subject: -ʌ for animate subjects and flexible or hollow ones; -ó for rigid or elongated ones; -i for others. Adjectival and verbal predicates are also marked with prefixes indicating mood, direction or aspect, and infixes for tense. The nominal predicate (What something is) does not have a suffix of agreement nor a dynamic prefix, but it can take infixes for tense and mood, like the verb. Other grammatical roles (benefactive, instrumental, locative) appear outside the verb in the form of markers forcase. There are 11 case suffixes.

Evidentials[edit]

In addition, the sentence has markers for the source of knowledge, or evidentials indicating whether the speaker knows the information communicated firsthand, heard it from another person, has deduced it, etc.

There is also a focus marker -nokó, which draws attention to the participants or indicates the highlight of a story. In the language there are means of representing action from the point of view of the subject or other participants, or from the point of view of an external observer.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Andoque at Ethnologue (17th ed., 2013)
  2. ^ Nordhoff, Sebastian; Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2013). "Andoque". Glottolog. Leipzig: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. 

See also[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Aschmann, Richard P. (1993). Proto Witotoan. Publications in linguistics (No. 114). Arlington, TX: SIL & the University of Texas at Arlington.
  • Campbell, Lyle. (1997). American Indian languages: The historical linguistics of Native America. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-509427-1.
  • Greenberg, Joseph H. (1987). Language in the Americas. Stanford: Stanford University Press.
  • Kaufman, Terrence. (1994). The native languages of South America. In C. Mosley & R. E. Asher (Eds.), Atlas of the world's languages (pp. 46–76). London: Routledge.

External links[edit]

  • Alain Fabre, 2005, Diccionario etnolingüístico y guía bibliográfica de los pueblos indígenas sudamericanos: ANDOKE[1]