UGS 303 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Bora People, Amazonian Languages, Glottalization

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UGS 303- Study of Hup- 1.4
Phonology
Consonants
Vowels
Nasalization
Glottalization
Tone
Etc.
Lots of tone and sounds that are unfamiliar to European language speakers
o i.e. meaning of word changes based on pitch
Morphology
lots of verbs/pieces of the sentences are strung together
in English, we would translate it to be an entire sentence with lots of details
o for them, it is equivalent to a word
Syntax
Object before subject in basic (default) word order
o Thought to be impossible
o Occurs in several Amazonian languages
OVS: Carib
Alternative ways to communicate
Whistle speech
o Example: Piraha
Mura family
“there is a paca
Can be spoken
Or conveyed through whistling
Mimic tones and rhythms of spoken language
Signal drums
o Bora Manguare
o Pitch can change to refer to tones of language
o Wide range of messages can be flayed
o Bora people live close to border in Columbia and Peru
o Small drums + large drums
o Used to make announcements
o Really huge drums
Super loud
Could send messages to neighboring communities
They would then pass it on to their neighbors
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