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American Indian Languages The Historical Linguistics of Native America

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ISBN-10: 0195140508

ISBN-13: 9780195140507

Edition: 2000

Authors: Lyle Campbell

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Native American languages are spoken from Siberia to Greenland, and from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego; they include the southernmost language of the world (Yaghan) and some of the northernmost (Eskimoan). Campbell's project is to take stock of what is currently known about the history of Native American languages and in the process examine the state of American-Indian historical linguistics, and the success and failure of its various methodologies. There is remarkably little consensus in the field, largely due to the 1987 publication of Language in the Americas by Joseph Greenberg. He claimed to trace a historical relation between all American Indian languages of North and South America, implying that most of the Western Hemisphere was settled by a single wave of immigration from Asia. This has caused intense controversy and Campbell, as a leading scholar in the field, intends this volume to be, in part, a response to Greenberg. Finally, Campbell demonstrates that the historical study of Native American languages has always relied on up-to-date methodology and theoretical assumptions and did not, as is often believed, lag behind the European historical linguistic tradition.
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List price: $91.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/21/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 528
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Phonetic Symbols
Note on the Classification Lists and the Maps
Introduction
Native American Pidgins and Trade Languages
The History of American Indian Linguistics
Comparison of Major Classifications of North American Languages
The Origin of Native American Languages
Languages of North America
Languages of Middle America
Languages of South America
Distant Genetic Relationships: The Methods
Distant Genetic Relationships: The Proposals
Linguistic Areas of the Americas
Maps
Notes
References
Index of Languages, Language Families, and Proposed Genetic Relationships
Author Index
Subject Index