From Linguistic Areas to Areal Linguistics
Pieter Muysken | Radboud University Nijmegen
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
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Editor and contributing authors | p. vii
1. Introduction: Conceptual and methodological issues in areal linguisticsPieter Muysken | pp. 1–23
2. The problem of the Caucasian Sprachbund.Viacheslav Chirikba | pp. 25–93
3. East Nusantara as a linguistic areaMarian A.F. Klamer, Ger P. Reesink and Mirjam van Staden | pp. 95–149
4. The Guaporé-Mamoré region as a linguistic areaMily Crevels and Hein van der Voort | pp. 151–179
5. An integrated areal-typological approach: Local convergence and morphosyntactic features in the Balkan SprachbundOlga Mišeska Tomić | pp. 181–219
6. Zhuang: A Tai language with some Sinitic characteristics. Postverbal 'can' in Zhuang, Cantonese, Vietnamese and LaoRint Sybesma | pp. 221–274
Language index | pp. 275–280
Author index | pp. 281–284
Subject index | pp. 285–289
Place index | pp. 291–293
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Main BIC Subject
CFF: Historical & comparative linguistics
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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