Kakua phonology : first approach

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Title: Kakua phonology : first approach
Author: Bolaños Quiñónez, Katherine Elizabeth
Abstract: This work presents a preliminary analysis of the phonology of Kakua , an endangered language of the Kakua -Nukak family (formerly classified as Makú ) . Kakua is spoken by approximately 300 people living in the Vaupés region of the Amazon rain forest , in northwest Amazonia , Eastern Colombia . This analysis is based on data collected with Kakua speakers from the village of Wacará , a settlement of approximately 120 people , living along the basin of Caño Wacará , located between the Querarí and the Vaupés Rivers , to the east of Mitú , close to the Colombia -Brazil borders . The phonological inventory of Kakua includes five vowels and seventeen consonants . Kakua also presents contrastive prosodic features of nasalization and an inventory of three contrastive tones . Kakua phonology presents various interesting typological features from both areal and cross -linguistic perspective . The work presented here is a first attempt to provide a better illustration of a little -known endangered language of Amazonia .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -12 -2485
Date: 2011-02-16

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Kakua phonology : first approach. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -12 -2485 .

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