advances in the study of siouan languages and linguistics

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Advances In The Study Of Siouan Languages And Linguistics

Author : Catherine Rudin
ISBN : 9783946234371
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Siouan family comprises some twenty languages, historically spoken across a broad swath of the central North American plains and woodlands, as well as in parts of the southeastern United States. In spite of its geographical extent and diversity, and the size and importance of several Siouan-speaking tribes, this family has received relatively little attention in the linguistic literature and many of the individual Siouan languages are severely understudied. This volume aims to make work on Siouan languages more broadly available and to encourage deeper investigation of the myriad typological, theoretical, descriptive, and pedagogical issues they raise. The 17 chapters in this volume present a broad range of current Siouan research, focusing on various Siouan languages, from a variety of linguistic perspectives: historical-genetic, philological, applied, descriptive, formal/generative, and comparative/typological. The editors' preface summarizes characteristic features of the Siouan family, including head-final and "verb-centered" syntax, a complex system of verbal affixes including applicatives and subject-possessives, head-internal relative clauses, gendered speech markers, stop-systems including ejectives, and a preference for certain prosodic and phonotactic patterns. The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Robert L. Rankin, a towering figure in Siouan linguistics throughout his long career, who passed away in February of 2014.

Studies On Grammaticalization

Author : Elisabeth Verhoeven
ISBN : 9783110211764
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Grammaticalization theory has played a major role in the developments in language typology and functional linguistics during the last three decades. Grammaticalization phenomena show that grammars evolve in a continuous way following cross-linguistically established diachronic paths. The contributions in this book shed new light on some central issues in grammaticalization theory such as the (uni-)directionality debate, the relation between grammaticalization and constructions, and the concept of multiple grammaticalization. Evidence for grammaticalization in several domains of grammar is presented: adpositions, numeral classifiers, honorifics, agreement markers, applicatives, reciprocals, delexical verbs, auxiliaries, relative clauses, and discourse particles. The empirical investigations come from several languages, among them many understudied languages such as Nanafwe, Maltese, Manambu, Chibchan and Siouan languages.

Guide To Departments Of Anthropology

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ISBN : UVA:X000451366
Genre : Anthropology
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Aaa Guide

Author : American Anthropological Association
ISBN : UOM:39015041828800
Genre : Anthropology
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American Indian Languages

Author : Lyle Campbell
ISBN : 0195349830
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Native American languages are spoken from Siberia to Greenland, and from the Arctic to Tierra del Fuego; they include the southernmost language of the world (Yaghan) and some of the northernmost (Eskimoan). Campbell's project is to take stock of what is currently known about the history of Native American languages and in the process examine the state of American Indian historical linguistics, and the success and failure of its various methodologies. There is remarkably little consensus in the field, largely due to the 1987 publication of Language in the Americas by Joseph Greenberg. He claimed to trace a historical relation between all American Indian languages of North and South America, implying that most of the Western Hemisphere was settled by a single wave of immigration from Asia. This has caused intense controversy and Campbell, as a leading scholar in the field, intends this volume to be, in part, a response to Greenberg. Finally, Campbell demonstrates that the historical study of Native American languages has always relied on up-to-date methodology and theoretical assumptions and did not, as is often believed, lag behind the European historical linguistic tradition.

Hidatsa Suprasegmentals

Author : Norman A. Bowers
ISBN : UOM:39015038106665
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The Hidatsa, or Gros Ventres, are Siouan group that historically ranged along the Missouri River in what is now North Dakota. Until now, relatively little descriptive material has been available on the Hidatsa language and sound system. In this pioneering study, Dr. Bowers focuses on stress and accent, which have been problematic in Hidatsa and other Siouan languages. Spectrographic analysis is used to provide a scientific study of the phonetic patterns of accent, pitch, drift, and intonation, demonstrating that they are predictable phenomena. Bowers also shows that these features can be accounted for by an ordered set of grammatically conditioned rules and by utilization of diacritics. At the same time, he establishes the phonemes of Hidatsa and describes other predictable phonetic phenomena that allow him to posit the abstract, underlying forms of Hidatsa morphemes and words.


Author : American Anthropological Association
ISBN : UVA:X002165742
Genre : Anthropology
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