American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America / Edition 1

American Indian Languages: The Historical Linguistics of Native America / Edition 1

by Lyle Campbell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195140508

ISBN-13: 9780195140507

Pub. Date: 09/21/2000

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195140507
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/21/2000
Series:
Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series, #4
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
528
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Phonetic Symbols
Note on the Classification Lists and the Maps
1Introduction3
AppNative American Pidgins and Trade Languages18
2The History of American Indian Linguistics26
AppComparison of Major Classifications of North American Languages86
3The Origin of Native American Languages90
4Languages of North America107
5Languages of Middle America156
6Languages of South America170
7Distant Genetic Relationships: The Methods206
8Distant Genetic Relationships: The Proposals260
9Linguistic Areas of the Americas330
Maps353
Notes377
References429
Index of Languages, Language Families, and Proposed Genetic Relationships483
Author Index504
Subject Index510

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