Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia

| Western Washington University
ISBN 9789027247766 (Eur) | EUR 105.00
ISBN 9781588116208 (USA) | USD 158.00
ISBN 9789027275165 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The twelve articles in this volume describe Yeniseic, Samoyedic and Siberian Turkic languages as a linguistic complex of great interest to typologists, grammarians, diachronic and synchronic linguists, as well as cultural anthropologists. The articles demonstrate how interdependent the disparate languages spoken in this area actually are. Individual articles discuss borrowing and language replacement, as well as compare the development of language subsystems, such as numeral words in Ket and Selkup. Three of the articles also discuss the historical and anthropological origins of the tribes of this area. The book deals with linguistics from the vantage of both historical anthropology as well as diachronic and synchronic linguistic structure. The editor's introduction offers a concise summary of the diverse languages of this area, with attention to both their differences and similarities. A major feature uniting them is their mutual interaction with the unique Yeniseic language family – the only group in North Asia outside the Pacific Rim that does not belong to Uralic or Altaic. Except for the papers by Anderson and Harrison, all of the articles were originally written in Russian and they are made available in English here for the first time.
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 262]  2004.  x, 275 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editor’s foreword
Edward J. Vajda
I. The languages of Central Siberia
Introduction and overview
Gregory D.S. Anderson
II. Yeniseic linguistics
Yeniseic counting systems
Heinrich Werner
Patterns of plural formation in Kott nouns and adjectives
Telmina I. Porotova
On distinguishing loanwords from the original Proto-Yeniseic lexicon
Lyudmila G. Timonina
Incorporation and word formation in Ket
Zoya V. Maksunova
III. Selkup linguistics
Morphological reanalysis in the Selkup verb
Nadezhda G. Kuznetsova
Synonymy, allomorphy, and free variation in Selkup derivational suffixes
E.V. Zyrjanova
The Selkup worldview as reflected in basic number words
Valentina V. Bykonja
Selkup-Ket parallels in ritual and spiritual terminology
Alexandra Kim-Maloney
IV. South Siberian Turkic linguistics
Shaman and bear: Siberian prehistory in two Middle Chulym texts
Gregory D.S. Anderson and K. David Harrison
South Siberian sound symbolism
K. David Harrison
Linguistic reflections of Xakas ethnohistory
Viktor Ja. Butanaev
V. Archeological perspectives on Central Siberian language groups
Cultural origins of the taiga-dwelling peoples of the Middle Yenisei
N.P. Makarov and M.S. Batashev
Sunken earth dwellings as evidence of a Paleoasiatic substrate among the Ket
A.V. Razinkin
Prehistoric cultural links along the Yenisei: Revelations from a bronze idol
Roman V. Nikolaev
“The volume at issue is just one (and most probably the best) example of how these different perspectives can be put together to draw a more refined picture of the language area conventionally called Central Siberian. In my review, I cannot dwell upon all the extremely valuable and interesting findings documented in the book.”
“This volume holds particular value for anyone interested in the aboriginal languages of central Siberia. For the history of linguistics as a discipline, it is significant for bringing international attention to the legacy of Andreas Dulson.”
“Altogether, this volume contains much of interest to linguists, ethnologists and archaeologists working in Siberia. [...] Equally commendable, this volume provides access to the work of Russian scholars for Western scientists who are unable to read Russian.”
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