A grammar of Tuatschin: A Sursilvan Romansh dialect

Philippe Maurer-Cecchini  


This book is the first descriptive grammar of Tuatschin, a Sursilvan Romansh dialect spoken by approximately 800 people in the westernmost part of the Romansh territory, in the canton of Grisons in southeastern Switzerland. The description is mainly based on narratives and elicitation, collected during fieldwork conducted between 2016 and 2020. Besides the grammatical description, it also offers a variety of narratives produced by female and male native speakers between thirty and eighty years of age.


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Philippe Maurer-Cecchini

Philippe Maurer-Cecchini (1951) is an independent researcher who studied Romance philology and general linguistics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), and at San Marcos University of Lima (Peru). His University of Zurich doctoral thesis was on the tense-aspect-mood system of Curaçaoan Papiamentu. He also published descriptive grammars of three Portuguese-based creoles of the Gulf of Guinea (Angolar, Principense, and, together with Tjerk Hagemeijer from the University of Lisbon, of Fa d’Ambô), and is a co-editor of the Atlas of pidgin and creole language structures and of The survey of pidgin and creole languages. He is currently working on Sutsilvan Romansh, North Occitan dialects, and Francoprovençal spoken in Switzerland.

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March 22, 2021
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Maurer-Cecchini, Philippe. 2021. A grammar of Tuatschin: A Sursilvan Romansh dialect. (Comprehensive Grammar Library 3). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5137647


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