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Master of Arts (MA)




This thesis provides a description of the morphology and syntax of Damana, a Chibchan language of northern Colombia. Damans is an SOV language with postpositions and genitive- nominal, noun-adjective word orders.

Unusual features of Damana include: case marking suffixes which occur as phrasal affixes, a fusion of person marking and deixis in verbal suffixes, and interaction of temporal and spacial deixis on question suffixes.

Damana exhibits more agreement than would be expected. Causative constructions may contain two different direct object person agreement prefixes side by side on a single verb. In cases of advancement to direct object, the same argument may be referenced by two different agreement markers.

This study was carried cut by interviewing speakers of Damana in Avingui and Santa Marta. Part of the process was to study research done in related languages and test the claims for Damana.