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MURILLO MIRANDA, José Manuel. The Nominal Phrase Ngäbére. Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2009, vol.22, n.2, pp.43-69. ISSN 0120-338X.

This work is a preview of a broader study whose goal is to create a descriptive grammar of the Chibchan language, Ngäbere. The article describes the most relevant features of the dialect's nominal phrase (spoken in Costa Rica and Panama) and establishes the relationship with some of the general features of other Isthmian Chibchan languages. The first part of the report is an introduction to Ngäbere and it speakers; the second, describes the morphology of the nouns, pronouns, and other words that make up the nominal phrase; the third, is about the syntax of the nominal phrase and it outlines in a succinct manner, grammatical relationships; the last part is a critical conclusion of this work.

Keywords : Chibchan languages; Indian languages of Costa Rica; Ngabere; typology; nominal phrase; nouns.

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