Language Contact and Change in the Americas

Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun

Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker | University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Diane M. Hintz | SIL International
Carmen Jany | California State University, San Bernardino
ISBN 9789027259387 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267337 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 173] 2016.  viii, 416 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This book starts in California, as is fitting for a book in honor of Marianne Mithun, and then works its way outward, reflecting the state of knowledge about language contact and change in the Americas, where considerably more is known about North America but where South America offers exciting new areas for research in this field. The book is a just tribute to one of the most important contemporary scholars of American indigenous languages, and to someone for whom language contact and change have been central motifs.”
“Marianne Mithun's work has influenced a generation of scholars, helping to shape the direction of scholarship in Native American languages. Inspired by Mithun's passion and flair for seeking explanation within the wider context of language use, the authors explore a range of contact phenomena relevant not only to the Americas but to our understanding of language evolution more broadly. The breadth and depth of these contributions provide clear evidence of a bright future for Americanist linguistics.”
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Cited by 2 other publications

Hickey, Raymond
2020. Language Contact and Linguistic Research. In The Handbook of Language Contact,  pp. 1 ff. DOI logo
Turan, Dilek, Elena Antonova-Ünlü, Çiğdem Sağın-Şimşek & Mehmet Akkuş
2020. Looking for contact-induced language change: Converbs in heritage Turkish. International Journal of Bilingualism 24:5-6  pp. 1035 ff. DOI logo

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CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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