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Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance : problems in comparative linguistics

Author: A I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd; Robert M W Dixon
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001.
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"This book considers how and why forms and meanings of different languages at different times may resemble one another. Its editors and authors aim (a) to explain and identify the relationship between areal diffusion and the genetic development of languages, and (b) to discover the means of distinguishing what may cause one language to share the characteristics of another. The introduction outlines the issues that  Read more...
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Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd; Robert M W Dixon
ISBN: 0198299818 9780198299813
OCLC Number: 46601107
Description: xvi, 453 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction / Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon --
2. Archaeology and the Historical Determinants of Punctuation in Language-Family Origins / Peter Bellwood --
3. An Indo-European Linguistic Area and its Characteristics: Ancient Anatolia. Areal Diffusion as a Challenge to the Comparative Method? / Calvert Watkins --
4. The Australian Linguistic Area / R. M. W. Dixon --
5. Descent and Diffusion: The Complexity of the Pilbara Situation / Alan Dench --
6. Contact-Induced Change in Oceanic Languages in North-West Melanesia / Malcolm Ross --
7. Areal Diffusion, Genetic Inheritance, and Problems of Subgrouping: A North Arawak Case Study / Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald --
8. Linguistic Diffusion in Present-Day East Anatolia: From Top to Bottom / Geoffrey Haig --
9. The Role of Migration and Language Contact in the Development of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family / Randy J. LaPolla --
10. On Genetic and Areal Linguistics in Mainland South-East Asia: Parallel Polyfunctionality of 'acquire' / N. J. Enfield --
11. Genetic versus Contact Relationship: Prosodic Diffusibility in South-East Asian Languages / James A. Matisoff --
12. Language Contact and Areal Diffusion in Sinitic Languages / Hilary Chappell --
13. Areal Diffusion versus Genetic Inheritance: An African Perspective / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal --
14. Convergence and Divergence in the Development of African Languages / Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva --
15. What Language Features Can Be 'Borrowed'? / Timothy Jowan Curnow.
Responsibility: edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon.
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