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O’BRIEN, Colleen Alena. A Typological Sketch of Kamsá, a Language Isolate of Colombia. Forma. func. [online]. 2021, vol.34, n.2, e8673.  Epub June 18, 2021. ISSN 0120-338X.

Kamsá is a language isolate spoken in the Sibundoy Valley in the Putumayo department of southern Colombia. Its speech community lives on the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains, between the linguistic areas of the Andes and the Amazon. This paper presents various grammatical features of Kamsá, including its phonology, nominal morphology (especially noun class and case marking), verbal morphology (especially person/number marking for core arguments and evidentiality), morphosyntactic alignment, and syntax (including discussion of causatives, comparatives, and subordinate clauses). In doing so, the paper places Kamsá within its typological and geographical context, between the Amazon and the Andes.

Keywords : Colombia; Kamsá; language isolate; linguistic areas; noun classification; object agreement.

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