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The Andean and Pacific regions of South America are home to a remarkable variety of languages and language families, with a range of typological differences. Documenting the indigenous languages of this region, as well as of adjacent areas, Willem An… weiterlesen
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Titel: The Languages of the Andes
Autor/en: Williams F. H. Adelaar, Pieter C. Muysken

ISBN: 052136275X
EAN: 9780521362757
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Sprache: Englisch.
CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR

Februar 2007 - gebunden - 748 Seiten

Beschreibung

The Andean and Pacific regions of South America are home to a remarkable variety of languages and language families, with a range of typological differences. Documenting the indigenous languages of this region, as well as of adjacent areas, Willem Andelaar and Pieter Muysken provide historical as well as contemporary information about the languages of the Andes. Illustrated with detailed grammatical sketches, their book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of linguistics and anthropology.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

List of tables; List of maps; Preface; Orthographic conventions; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction; 2. The Chibcha sphere; 3. The Inca sphere; 4. The languages of the eastern slopes; 5. The Araucanian sphere; 6. The languages of Tierra del Fuego; 7. The Spanish presence; Appendix: inventory of languages and language families of the Andean region; References; Author index; Index of languages and ethnic groups; Subject index.

Portrait

Willem Adelaar is Professor of Amerindian languages and cultures at Leiden University. Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

Pressestimmen

'What a great book! It is comprehensive, erudite, highly detailed, and extremely invaluable. This is a truly excellent book ... a monumental contribution to South American Linguistics, and it will stand as the substantial basic reference for years to come.' Anthropological Linguistics '... provide[s] a fascinating narrative of the linguistic history of this vast region of South America, not available in English elsewhere.' International Journal of American Linguistics '... written in a language readily readable even by undergraduates having taken only an introductory linguistic course ... this book is an ideal starting point for anyone undertaking the study of any dialect of Quechua ... I recommend it highly for the reference section of all libraries ...' Project Muse 'The present volume is an unusually useful one, written in a language readily readable even by undergraduates having taken only an introductory linguistic course. Adelaar succeeds amazingly well in covering the main points of linguistic interest of the various Quechua varieties, their histories and relationships.' Canadian Journal of Linguistics 'Besides being a very informative survey of the language of the extended Andean region, it is actually good reading. It is now the principle reference work on Andean languages, and at the same time an excellent case study of language contact in a broad area.' Lingua 'This long needed reference work offers a fundamental overview of the linguistic diversity in a hitherto poorly known area of the world. As such, it is essential to any modern library. Together with the volume on Amazonian languages published earlier as part of the same series (Dixon and Aikenvald 1999) it affords the serious linguist an up-to-date reference to virtually all of South America.' Word 'Undoubtedly we have before us a masterpiece that, in appearing, symbolically enough, at the beginning of the current century, shows the great development and maturity achieved by studies in South American aboriginal linguistics. In this sense, The Languages of the Andes will henceforth be a true classic work on Amerindian languages.' Language

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