- Functional syntax
- Documentary fieldwork
- Spanish in contact with Amazonian Languages
Diccionario Kukama-Kukamiria Castellano
This document contains approximately 2400 lexical and grammatical entries. It documents many Kukama-Kukamiria processes and socio-cultural practices, as well as their sophisticated knowledge of the natural environment. Fishing is a fundamental activity in the life of the Kukama-Kukamirias and it entails a deep knowledge of the aquatic world. This is reflected in their language which has more than 110 names for different species of fish. We have also documented more than 120 terms to name different species of birds, 25 species of palm trees, among others. Each entry includes example sentences illustrating the different uses the headword can have, complemented with ethnographic notes, scientific names for flora and fauna, dialectal variation, pictures and drawings. Many of the words compiled in this document come from traditional stories, personal narratives, conversations, ikaros, and songs collected between 2004 and 2014 as part of a documentation project. During this period, we visited 16 communities and interviewed 42 speakers. We thank each of those who shared their time and knowledge with us.