A Grammar of Tapiete (Tupi-Guarani) by González, Hebe Alicia

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 diversity spoken through the Tapietes dwelling in Argentina.  Read more...

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26 According to the perception of the kindergarten teacher, indigenous children are always ‘slower’ than Criollo ones. Of course, this remark can be considered as a discriminatory act on the part of the teacher. 29 No doubt in ‘Misión Los Tapiete’ school the learning situation is ‘subtractive’, that is to say, the use of the native language is not pursued, on the contrary, the idea is that children abandon and progressively forget it. Children do not have any special stimulus to use a language that, for example, does not have a word to refer to ‘bears’, a situation that they perceive as proof of the imperfection of their language with respect to Spanish.

27 On the other hand, it is important to point out that this inspector defended the tenure status of bilingual assistants, who have to be appointed again each year. 28 Finally, it is necessary to point out a fact that is very significant for its symbolic value. Even if the original name of the school is ‘Misión Los Tapietes’, some years ago a headmistress renamed it as “12th of October”, a fact that, for obvious reasons, aroused a However, according to my field work notes, in 1998, 9 children of the community were in channel 3 of undernourishment.

It is possible to see how most of older people are Tapiete monolinguals, and, as the ages of the community members decreases, the number of bilingual people increases, and also the number of people who understands Tapiete but do not speak it. Finally, Tapiete is spoken by a very small percentage of adolescents and an even smaller one of children, and more or less half of the children under 10 are Spanish monolingual. In conclusion, Tapiete is presently spoken by people older than 20, in the frame of their daily interaction.

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