Language Contact and Change in the Americas: Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun (Studies in Language Companion Series 173)

Language Contact and Change in the Americas: Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun (Studies in Language Companion Series 173)

By: Carmen Jany (editor), Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker (editor), Diane M. Hintz (editor)Hardback

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This unique collection of articles in honor of Marianne Mithun represents the very latest in research on language contact and language change in the Indigenous languages of the Americas. The book aims to provide new theoretical and empirical insights into how and why languages change, especially with regard to contact phenomena in languages of North America, Meso-America and South America. The individual chapters cover a broad range of topics, including sound change, morphosyntactic change, lexical semantics, grammaticalization, language endangerment, and discourse-pragmatic change. With chapters from distinguished scholars and talented newcomers alike, this book will be welcomed by anyone with an interest in internally- and externally-motivated language change.


1. Foreword; 2. Language contact and change in the Americas: The state of the art (by Thomason, Sarah G.); 3. Part I North America: California; 4. Yuki, Pomoan, Wintun, and Athabaskan: Language Contact in Round Valley, California (by Balodis, Uldis); 5. The role of passives in the formation of hierarchical systems in Northern California (by Jany, Carmen); 6. Assessing the effects of language contact on Northeastern Pomo (by Walker, Neil Alexander); 7. Synchronic and diachronic accounts of phonological features in Central Chumash languages (by Henry, Timothy P.); 8. Part II North America: Athabaskan, Iroquoian, and Uto-Aztecan; 9. Contact and semantic shift in extreme language endangerment: Ahtna riverine directionals in a cardinal world (by Berez-Kroeker, Andrea L.); 10. "Excorporation" in a Dene (Athabaskan) language (by Rice, Keren); 11. Contact and change in Oneida (by Abbott, Clifford); 12. Huron/Wendat interactions with the Seneca language (by Lukaniec, Megan); 13. The usual suspects: Multiple grammaticalization of 'do', 'be', 'have', and 'go' in Ute (by Givon, T.); 14. Part III Northern Mexico, Mesoamerica, and South America; 15. Language documentation and historical linguistics (by Campbell, Lyle); 16. The Jakaltek Popti' noun classifier system: Changes due to Spanish contact (by Grinevald, Colette); 17. Language contact and word structure: A case study from north-west Amazonia (by Aikhenvald, Alexandra Y.); 18. Auxiliation and typological shift: The interaction of language contact and internallymotivated change in Quechua (by Hintz, Daniel J.); 19. Discourse pattern replication in South Conchucos Quechua and Andean Spanish (by Hintz, Diane M.); 20. Part IV The Americas and beyond; 21. Measuring language typicality, with special reference to the Americas (by Comrie, Bernard); 22. Words for 'dog' as a diagnostic of language contact in the Americas (by Pache, Matthias); 23. Index

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  • ISBN13: 9789027259387
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9789027259387
  • weight: 885
  • ISBN10: 9027259380

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