Language Contacts in Prehistory

Studies in Stratigraphy

Papers from the Workshop on Linguistic Stratigraphy and Prehistory at the Fifteenth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Melbourne, 17 August 2001

Henning Andersen | University of California, Los Angeles
ISBN 9789027247513 (Eur) | EUR 120.00
ISBN 9781588113795 (USA) | USD 180.00
ISBN 9789027275301 | EUR 120.00 | USD 180.00
Every language includes layers of lexical and grammatical elements that entered it at different times in the more or less distant past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical documentation, linguistic stratigraphy — the systematic study of such layers — may yield information about the prehistory of a given tradition of speaking in a variety of ways. For instance, irregular phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse dialects in the formation of a language, and layers of material from different source languages may form a record of changing cultural contacts in the past. In this volume are discussed past problems and current advances in the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African, Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, Japanese, and Meso-American languages.

[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 239]  2003.  viii, 292 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
“[...] offers refreshing new approaches to the methodology of linguistic stratigraphy.”
Cited by

Cited by 4 other publications

Berge, Anna
2018. Re-evaluating the reconstruction of Proto-Eskimo-Aleut. Journal of Historical Linguistics 8:2  pp. 230 ff. Crossref logo
Bjørn, Rasmus G.
2022. Indo-European loanwords and exchange in Bronze Age Central and East Asia. Evolutionary Human Sciences 4 Crossref logo
Hickey, Raymond
2020.  In The Handbook of Language Contact,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref logo
Mikic, Aleksandar
2013. Origin and diversity of the words for ancient Eurasian grain legumes in Slavic Languages. Onomázein Revista de lingüística, filología y traducción 28  pp. 280 ff. Crossref logo

This list is based on CrossRef data as of 31 august 2022. Please note that it may not be complete. Sources presented here have been supplied by the respective publishers. Any errors therein should be reported to them.

Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2003041797 | Marc record