In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory

Essays in the four fields of anthropology

In honor of Harold Crane Fleming

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Compiled in honor and celebration of veteran anthropologist Harold C. Fleming, this book contains 23 articles by anthropologists (in the general sense) from the four main disciplines of prehistory: archaeology, biogenetics, paleoanthropology, and genetic (historical) linguistics. Because of Professor Fleming’s major focus on language — he founded the Association for the Study of Language in Prehistory and the journal Mother Tongue — the content of the book is heavily tilted toward the study of human language, its origins, historical development, and taxonomy. Because of Fleming’s extensive field experience in Africa some of the articles deal with African topics.

This volume is intended to exemplify the principle, in the words of Fleming himself, that each of the four disciplines is enriched when it combines with any one of the other four. The authors are representative of the cutting edge of their respective fields, and this book is unusual in including contributions from a wide range of anthropological fields rather than concentrating in any one of them.
[Not in series, 145]  2008.  xxiv, 476 pp.
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Table of Contents
Foreword
ix–xii
Acknowledgments
xiii
Photographs
xv–xvii
Works of Harold Crane Fleming
xix–xxiv
Part I. African peoples
Geography, selected Afro-Asiatic families, and Y chromosome lineage variation: An exploration in linguistics and phylogeography
Shomarka Omar Keita
3–16
A dental anthropological hypothesis relating to the ethnogenesis, origin, and antiquity of the Afro-Asiatic language family: Peopling of the Eurafrican-South Asian triangle IV
Christy G. Turner II
17–23
African weeks
Daniel F. McCall
25–36
Part II. African languages – synchronic studies
Gender distinction and affirmative copula clauses in Zargulla
Azeb Amha
39–48
Riddling in Gidole
Paul Black
49–53
Part III. African languages – Classification and prehistory
Lexicostatistical comparison of Omotic languages
Václav Blažek
57–148
The primary branches of Cushitic: Seriating the diagnostic sound change rules
Christopher Ehret
149–160
Erosion in Chadic
Herrmann Jungraithmayr
161–167
On Kunama ukunkula 'elbow' and its proposed cognates in Nilo-Saharan languages
Philippe Bürgisser
169–187
The problem of pan-African roots
Roger M. Blench
189–209
Part IV. Languages of Eurasia, Oceania, and the Americas
Some thoughts on the Proto-Indo-European cardinal numbers
Allan R. Bomhard
213–221
Some Old World experience of linguistic dating
Juha A. Janhunen
223–239
The languages of Northern Eurasia: Inference to the best explanation
John D. Bengtson
241–262
Slaying the Dragon across Eurasia
Michael Witzel
263–286
Trombetti: The forefather of Indo-Pacific
Jonathan Morris
287–307
Otomanguean loan words in Proto-Uto-Aztecan maize vocabulary?
Jane H. Hill
309–320
Historical interpretations of geographical distributions of Amerind subfamilies
Larry Lepionka
321–339
Part V. Human origins, Language origins, and Proto-Sapiens language
Current topics in human evolutionary genetics
Steven L. Zegura
343–357
A wild 50,000-year ride
Philip Lieberman
359–371
Can Paleolithic stone artifacts serve as evidence for prehistoric language?
Ofer Bar-Yosef
373–379
The origin of language: Symbiosism and symbiomism
George L. van Driem
381–400
Some speculations on the evolution of language, and the language of evolution
Paul Whitehouse
401–416
The age of Mama and Papa
Alain Matthey de l'Etang and Pierre J. Bancel
417–438
The millennial persistence of Indo-European and Eurasiatic pronouns and the origin of nominals
Pierre J. Bancel and Alain Matthey de l'Etang
439–464
General index
465–469
Index of languages and languages families
471–473
Index of scholars discussed
475–476
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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:  2008030839