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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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Considers how and why forms and meanings of different languages at different times may resemble each other. This book investigates the relationship between a real diffusion and the genetic  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Areal diffusion and genetic inheritance.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2001
(DLC) 2001036577
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: A I︠U︡ Aĭkhenvalʹd; Robert M W Dixon
ISBN: 0199283087 9780199283088 9780198299813 0198299818
OCLC Number: 648259582
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 453 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: 1. Introduction ; 2. Archaeology and the Historical Determinants of Punctuation in Language-Family Origins ; 3. An Indo-European Linguistic Area and its Characteristics: Ancient Anatolia. Areal Diffusion as a Challenge to the Comparative Method? ; 4. The Australian Linguistic Area ; 5. Descent and Diffusion: The Complexity of the Pilbara Situation ; 6. Contact-Induced Change in Oceanic Languages in North-West Melanesia ; 7. Areal Diffusion, Genetic Inheritance, and Problems of Subgrouping: A North Arawak Case Study ; 8. Linguistic Diffusion in Present-Day East Anatolia: From Top to Bottom ; 9. The Role of Migration and Language Contact in the Development of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family ; 10. On Genetic and Areal Linguistics in Mainland South-East Asia: Parallel Polyfunctionality of 'Acquire' ; 11. Genetic Versus Contact Relationship: Prosodic Diffusibility in South-East Asian Languages ; 12. Language Contact and Areal Diffusion in Sinitic Languages ; 13. Areal Diffusion Versus Genetic Inheritance: An African Perspective ; 14. Convergence and Divergence in the Development of African Lanaguages ; 15. What Language Features can be 'Borrowed'?
Responsibility: edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon.

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