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By González, Hebe Alicia

This dissertation offers a linguistic description of Tapiete, a Tupi-Guarani (TG) language spoken in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay. Fieldwork has been performed in Argentina, the place approximately eighty Tapiete households are settled in "Misión Los Tapietes", Tartagal, province of Salta, northern Argentina. therefore, the linguistic info and the result of this examine mirror the range spoken via the Tapietes residing in Argentina.  Read more...

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With respect to Tapiete people, it is interesting to see that the higher percentage of exogenous couples concentrates on younger people, a tendency that contrasts with the large percentage of endogenous marriages among older people. This situation suggests that the practice of getting married to people not belonging to the Tapiete group is relatively new. All of the couples whose ages are between 61 and 70 are endogenous. On the other hand, exogenous marriages start to appear among 50-year-old people.

5) a-yuka 1SGAC-kill I kill (him/her) (6) a-ñani 1SGAC-run I run (7) sh-ankwa 1SGIN-speedy I am speedy (8) shi-mbori 1SGIN-help help me Finally, the default order of constituents in Tapiete is SOV (9); other orders are possible although they are pragmatically marked or are the result of Spanish influence (10). 1. Phonology Tapiete has fifteen consonants and twelve vowels, six orals and six nasals. e. e. high and low. g. g. Ava-Guarani), word stress in Tapiete falls on the penultimate syllable.

Some years later, this man went back to the Tapiete community with a Swedish missionary and started to evangelized Tapiete people using their mother tongue. 18 This probably happened in the late 60s, since some people who are currently almost forty years old still remember some rituals their parents and grandparents performed before their conversion. At present, Tapietes from Tartagal belong to the evangelical church called ‘La Asamblea de Dios’ (Assembly of God Church). As Hirsch (2004:6) points out the “conversion to Evangelism was a strong force towards culture change among the Tapiete.

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