Language Contact and Change in the Americas

Studies in honor of Marianne Mithun

| University of Hawai'i at Manoa
| SIL International
| California State University, San Bernardino
ISBN 9789027259387 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027267337 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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
Table of Contents
Language contact and change in the Americas: The state of the art
Sarah G. Thomason
Part I North America: California
Yuki, Pomoan, Wintun, and Athabaskan: Language Contact in Round Valley, California
Uldis Balodis
The role of passives in the formation of hierarchical systems in Northern California
Carmen Jany
Assessing the effects of language contact on Northeastern Pomo
Neil Alexander Walker
Synchronic and diachronic accounts of phonological features in Central Chumash languages
Timothy P. Henry
Part II North America: Athabaskan, Iroquoian, and Uto-Aztecan
Contact and semantic shift in extreme language endangerment: Ahtna riverine directionals in a cardinal world
Andrea L. Berez-Kroeker
“Excorporation” in a Dene (Athabaskan) language
Keren Rice
Contact and change in Oneida
Clifford Abbott
Huron/Wendat interactions with the Seneca language
Megan Lukaniec and Wallace Chafe
The usual suspects: Multiple grammaticalization of ‘do’, ‘be’, ‘have’, and ‘go’ in Ute
T. Givón
Part III Northern Mexico, Mesoamerica, and South America
Language documentation and historical linguistics
Lyle Campbell
The Jakaltek Popti’ noun classifier system: Changes due to Spanish contact
Colette Grinevald
Language contact and word structure: A case study from north-west Amazonia
Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
Auxiliation and typological shift: The interaction of language contact and internallymotivated change in Quechua
Daniel J. Hintz
Discourse pattern replication in South Conchucos Quechua and Andean Spanish
Diane M. Hintz
Part IV The Americas and beyond
Measuring language typicality, with special reference to the Americas
Bernard Comrie
Words for ‘dog’ as a diagnostic of language contact in the Americas
Matthias Pache, Søren Wichmann and Mikhail Zhivlov
“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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Hickey, Raymond
2020.  In The Handbook of Language Contact,  pp. 1 ff. Crossref 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. Crossref logo

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