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

Overview


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.

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 xii
Note on the Classification Lists and the Maps xiv
Introduction
3(23)
Appendix Native American Pidgins and Trade Languages
18(8)
The History of American Indian Linguistics
26(64)
Appendix Comparison of Major Classifications of North American Languages
86(4)
The Origin of Native American Languages
90(17)
Languages of North America
107(49)
Languages of Middle America
156(14)
Languages of South America
170(36)
Distant Genetic Relationships: The Methods
206(54)
Distant Genetic Relationships: The Proposals
260(70)
Linguistic Areas of the Americas
330(23)
Maps 353(24)
Notes 377(52)
References 429(54)
Index of Languages, Language Families, and Proposed Genetic Relationships 483(21)
Author Index 504(6)
Subject Index 510

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