Language Typology and Historical Contingency

In honor of Johanna Nichols

| University of Zurich
| University of Chicago
| Dartmouth College
| University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University
ISBN 9789027206855 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027270801 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
What is the range of diversity in linguistic types, what are the geographical distributions for the attested types, and what explanations, based on shared history or universals, can account for these distributions? This collection of articles by prominent scholars in typology seeks to address these issues from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, utilizing cutting-edge typological methodology. The phenomena considered range from the phonological to the morphosyntactic, the areal coverage ranges in scale from micro-areal to worldwide, and the types of historical contingency range from contact-based to genealogical in nature. Together, the papers argue strongly for a view in which, although they use distinct methodologies, linguistic typology and historical linguistics are one and the same enterprise directed at discovering how languages came to be the way they are and how linguistic types came to be distributed geographically as they are.
[Typological Studies in Language, 104]  2013.  viii, 512 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Part I. Structures and typologies
Discourse semantics and the form of the verb predicate in Karachay-Balkar: A corpus-based and experimental study
Andrej A. Kibrik
Typology and channel of communication: Where do signed languages fit in
Dan I. Slobin
Marking versus indexing: Revisiting the Nichols marking-locus typology
Nicholas Evans and Eva Fenwick
Head-marking languages and linguistic theory
Robert D. Van Valin Jr.
Lessons of variability in clause coordination: Evidence from North Caucasian languages
Aleksandr E. Kibrik
Noun classes grow on trees: Noun classification in the North-East Caucasus
Keith Plaster, Maria Polinsky and Boris Harizanov
Affecting valence in Khumi
David A. Peterson
Capturing diversity in language acquisition research
Sabine Stoll and Balthasar Bickel
Part II. Distributions in time and space
Who inherits what, when? Toward a theory of contact, substrates, and superimposition zones
Mark Donohue
Polysynthesis in the Arctic/Sub-Arctic: How recent is it?
Michael Fortescue
A (micro-)accretion zone in a remnant zone? Lower Fungom in areal-historical perspective
Jeff Good
A history of Iroquoian gender marking
Michael Cysouw
The satem shift, Armenian siseṙn, and the early Indo-European of the Balkans
Bill J. Darden
Penultimate lengthening in Bantu: Analysis and spread
Larry M. Hyman
Culture and the spread of Slavic
Alan Timberlake
The syntax and pragmatics of Tungusic revisited
Lenore A. Grenoble
Some observations on typological features of hunter-gatherer languages
Michael Cysouw and Bernard Comrie
Typologizing phonetic precursors to sound change
Alan C.L. Yu
Distributional biases in language families
Balthasar Bickel
The morphology of imperatives in Lak: Stem vowels in the second singular simplex transitive affirmative
Victor A. Friedman
Subgrouping in Tibeto-Burman: Can an individual-identifying standard be developed? How do we factor in the history of migrations and language contact?
Randy J. LaPolla
Part III. A (cautionary) note on methodology
Real data, contrived data, and the Yokuts Canon
William F. Weigel
Language index
Name index
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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