Languages of Native North America

ISBN-10: 052129875X
ISBN-13: 9780521298759
Edition: 2001
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Description: This authoritative survey of the several hundred languages indigenous to North America demonstrates the tremendous genetic and typological diversity and offers numerous challenges to current linguistic theory.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 6/7/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 796
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.486
Language: English

This authoritative survey of the several hundred languages indigenous to North America demonstrates the tremendous genetic and typological diversity and offers numerous challenges to current linguistic theory.

List of maps
Preface
Transcription key
Abbreviations used in glosses
Introduction
The Nature of the Languages
Sounds and sound patterns
Inventories
Transcription conventions
Syllable structure
Tone
Harmony
Sound symbolism
Native writing systems
Words
Polysynthesis
Parts of words: roots, affixes, and clitics
Morpheme order
General compounding
Noun incorporation
The functions of roots and affixes
Lexical categories: nouns and verbs
Grammatical categories
Person
Inclusive and exclusive
Long-distance coreference and empathy
Obviation
Number
Inflectional number on nouns
Inverse number
Derivational and lexical number on nouns
Verbal number
Distributives
Collectives
Associatives
Gender
Shape, consistency, and related features
Classificatory numerals
Classificatory verbs
Means and manner: 'instrumental affixes'
Control
The lexicon
Verb morphology
Space: location and direction
Demonstratives
Nominal adpositions, clitics, and affixes
Verbal clitics and affixes
Time
Tense
Aspect
Modality: knowledge and obligation
Sample modal paradigms
Realis and irrealis
Evidentials
Sentences
Predicates and arguments
Word order
Grammatical relations and case
Nominative/accusative patterns
Ergative/absolutive patterns
Agent/patient and active/stative patterns
Direct/inverse patterns
A tripartite pattern
Pattern combinations
Nominative/accusative and ergative/absolutive
Nominative/accusative and agent/patient
Nominative/accusative and direct/inverse
Ergative/absolutive and agent/patient
Obliques and applicatives
Possession
Clause combining
The expression of clause linkage
Switch-reference
Special language
Baby talk, 'abnormal speech', and animal talk
'Men's' and 'women's' language
Narrative and ceremonial language
Speech play
Plains Sign Talk
Catalogue of Languages
Relations among the languages
Dialect, language, and family
Genetic relationship
Stocks: hypotheses of more remote relationships
Language contact
Borrowing
Linguistic areas
Contact language
Catalogue
Language families and isolates
Pidgins, creoles, and mixed languages
References with note on sources
Index

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