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Resource Details

Identifier:G977C1997a
Title American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of North America
Description:
American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of North America; includes the appendix materials, and ms. notes by Michael Krauss
Comments
Other related materials cataloged as CA977C1997b
Book available in Rasmuson Library, PM108.C36 1997
Summary
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 ofLanguage in the Americasby 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. (Goldmine)
Contributors Campbell, Lyle. (author)
Date1997
Type Text
LingType ethnohistory
Collection General


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