From Linguistic Areas to Areal Linguistics

| Radboud University Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027231000 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
ISBN 9789027291363 | EUR 110.00 | USD 165.00
From linguistic areas to areal linguistics explores language description and typology in terms of areal background, presenting case studies in areal linguistics. Some concern well-established linguistic areas such as the Balkan, other regions such as East Nusantara (Indonesia) and the Guapore-Mamore (Amazon) regions have never before been studied in an areal perspective, and yet other areas are involved in current debates. The insight has gained ground that languages owe many of their characteristics to the languages they are in contact with over time. Yet the nature of these areal influences remains a matter of debate. Furthermore, areas are often hard to define. Hence the title: a shift from linguistic areas as concrete and circumscribed objects to a new way of doing linguistics: areally. New findings include the observation that there may be many more language areas than previously recognized. The book is primarily directed at linguists working in descriptive, comparative, historical and typological linguistics. Since it covers linguistic areas from four continents, it will have a wide appeal.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 90]  2008.  vii, 293 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Editor and contributing authors
1. Introduction: Conceptual and methodological issues in areal linguistics
Pieter Muysken
2. The problem of the Caucasian Sprachbund.
Viacheslav Chirikba
3. East Nusantara as a linguistic area
Marian A.F. Klamer, Ger P. Reesink and Mirjam van Staden
4. The Guaporé-Mamoré region as a linguistic area
Mily Crevels and Hein van der Voort
5. An integrated areal-typological approach: Local convergence and morphosyntactic features in the Balkan Sprachbund
Olga Mišeska Tomić
6. Zhuang: A Tai language with some Sinitic characteristics. Postverbal 'can' in Zhuang, Cantonese, Vietnamese and Lao
Rint Sybesma
Language index
Author index
Subject index
Place index
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007034442