By Smeets, Ineke

Mapuche is the language of the Mapuche (or Araucanians), the local population of crucial Chile. The Mapuche language, often known as Mapudungu, is spoken by way of approximately 400,000 humans in Chile and 40,000 in Argentina. The Mapuche humans, predicted at approximately a million, represent nearly all of the Chilean indigenous inhabitants. The heritage of the Mapuche is the tale of passionate opponents who controlled to forestall the Inca's yet succumbed to the Spanish invaders after and a part century of struggle. the connection of the Mapuche language with different Amerindian languages has now not but been proven. Mapuche is a hugely agglutinative language with a posh verbal morphology. This publication deals a accomplished and special description of the Mapuche language. It incorporates a grammar (phonology, morphology and syntax), a suite of texts (stories, conversations and songs) with morphological analyses and loose translations, and a Mapuche-English dictionary with a good number of derivations and examples. The grammar is preceded via a socio-historical cartoon of the Mapuche humans and a short dialogue of  past stories of the Mapuche language. the fabric for the outline was once accrued by way of the writer with assistance from 5 Mapuche audio system  with realization to the dialectal variations among them. The abundance of completely analysed examples makes for a full of life decription of the language. The intricacy of the verbal morphology will arouse the curiosity not just of these who perform Amerindian linguistics but in addition of these who're attracted to language idea and language typology.

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G. (allf¨ ul + w + y) → allf¨ uluw¨ uy [a˜lfıluwıi ] ∼ allf¨ ˜ w¨ uy [alfıl¨ıwıi ] ‘he wounded himself’ (´ indicates primary stress; ` secondary stress). High vowels i, u and glides y, w form sequences in the following ways: – glide-vowel sequences: yi, yu, wi, wu – vowel-glide sequences: iy, uy, iw, uw – vowel-vowel sequences: iu, ui, ii, uu (uu only in compounds). In sequences involving glides, the vowel element is clearly more prominent; in vowel-vowel sequences both vowels have equal prominence.

Lenz (1896: 130–131) lists the instances of alternation he found and adds that his data are insufficient to allow for an explanation. Other authors, Augusta (1916: XVI), Erize (1960: 16–17), Key (1978b: 284), Moesbach (1962: 28) and Croese (1980: 26) also mention this type of phoneme alternation. So far, however, the semantic implications of phoneme alternation have not been described satisfactorily. More research needs to be done. Below I present instances of phoneme alternation found with my informants.

2 Vowels Mapuche has six vowel phonemes: a, e, o, i, u ¨, u. They are presented in the following chart. 1 Phonetic specification of vowel phonemes The pronunciation of u ¨ tends to be mid [ ] in unstressed position and high [¨ı ] in stressed position. g. 2; for stress, see chapter 7). In my data there is no evidence for a phonemic distinction between mid [ ] and high [¨ı ] (such 26 Phonemes a distinction is suggested by the graphs and u ¨, used in the dictionary of Augusta (1916)). The mid vowels e and o are relatively high before a homorganic glide.

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