A History of the Study of the Indigenous Languages of North America

| Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań
ISBN 9789027210494 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
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ISBN 9789027258977 | EUR 105.00 | USD 158.00
The languages indigenous to North America are characterized by a remarkable genetic and typological diversity. Based on the premise that linguistic examples play a key role in the origin and transmission of ideas within linguistics and across disciplines, this book examines the history of approaches to these languages through the lens of some of their most prominent properties. These properties include consonant inventories and the near absence of labials in Iroquoian languages, gender in Algonquian languages, verbs for washing in the Iroquoian language Cherokee and terms for snow and related phenomena in Eskimo-Aleut languages. By tracing the interpretations of the four examples by European and American scholars, the author illustrates their role in both lay and professional contexts as a window onto unfamiliar languages and cultures, thus allowing a more holistic view of the history of language study in North America.
[Studies in the History of the Language Sciences, 129]  Expected October 2021.  xii, 418 pp. + index
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
List of abbreviations
Chapter 1. Introduction
Chapter 2. The languages of North America: An overview
Chapter 3. Studies of the languages of North America
Chapter 4. Sound systems in Iroquoian languages
Chapter 5. Gender in Algonquian languages
Chapter 6. Cherokee verbs for washing
Chapter 7. Eskimo words for snow
Chapter 8. Concluding discussion
BIC Subject: CFA – Philosophy of language