Language Dispersal Beyond Farming

| Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
| Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena
ISBN 9789027212559 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Why do some languages wither and die, while others prosper and spread? Around the turn of the millennium a number of archaeologists such as Colin Renfrew and Peter Bellwood made the controversial claim that many of the world’s major language families owe their dispersal to the adoption of agriculture by their early speakers. In this volume, their proposal is reassessed by linguists, investigating to what extent the economic dependence on plant cultivation really impacted language spread in various parts of the world. Special attention is paid to "tricky" language families such as Eskimo-Aleut, Quechua, Aymara, Bantu, Indo-European, Transeurasian, Turkic, Japano-Koreanic, Hmong-Mien and Trans-New Guinea, that cannot unequivocally be regarded as instances of Farming/Language Dispersal, even if subsistence played a role in their expansion.
[Not in series, 215]  2017.  xiii, 324 pp.
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Table of Contents
List of tables
List of figures
List of contributors
Chapter 1. Farming/Language Dispersal: Food for thought
Martine Robbeets
Chapter 2. Proto-Quechua and Proto-Aymara agropastoral terms: Reconstruction and contact patterns
Nicholas Q. Emlen and Willem F. H. Adelaar
Chapter 3. Subsistence terms in Unangam Tunuu (Aleut)
Anna Berge
Chapter 4. Lexical recycling as a lens onto shared Japano-Koreanic agriculture
Alexander Francis-Ratte
Chapter 5. The language of the Transeurasian farmers
Martine Robbeets
Chapter 6. Farming-related terms in Proto-Turkic and Proto-Altaic
Alexander Savelyev
Chapter 7. Farming and the Trans-New Guinea family: A consideration
Antoinette Schapper
Chapter 8. The domestications and the domesticators of Asian rice
George L. van Driem
Chapter 9. Macrofamilies and agricultural lexicon: Problems and perspectives
George Starostin
Chapter 10. Were the first Bantu speakers south of the rainforest farmers? A first assessment of the linguistic evidence
Koen Bostoen and Joseph Koni Muluwa
Chapter 11. Expanding the methodology of lexical examination in the investigation of the intersection of early agriculture and language dispersal
Brian D. Joseph
Chapter 12. Agricultural terms in Indo-Iranian
Martin Joachim Kümmel
Chapter 13. Milk and the Indo-Europeans
Romain Garnier, Laurent Sagart and Benoît Sagot
Language index
Subject index
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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009010 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Historical & Comparative
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ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2017041487 | Marc record