Raoul Zamponi on the Guaycura language

Raoul Zamponi is a post-doctoral student (Linguistics) at the University of Siena (Italy). His (past and present) researches concern little-known native languages of the Americas (Betoi, Maipure, and Pariagoto of Venezuela and Lule of Argentina) as well as living languages (Cuna of Panama and Yanomam of Brazil.)

He has written an article on the Waikuri language which will appear in the journal Anthropological Linguistics (vol. 46, no. 2, pp. 156-193) of the Indiana University. The title is "Fragments of Waikuri (Baja California)." The abstract is as follows:

Abstract. This article presents an analysis of some basic grammatical traits of the extinct Waikuri language of southern Baja California. It discusses what it has been possible to infer concerning the phonology, morphology, and syntax of Waikuri from the meager old materials at our disposal. In order to document this language as completely as possible, the two available short texts are provided together with a morphemic analysis and a word list.

He can be reached at zamponi_raoul@libero.it