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Switch reference in Western South America


Van Gijn, Rik (2016). Switch reference in Western South America. In: Van Gijn, Rik; Hammond, Jeremy. Switch reference 2.0. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing, 153-205.

Abstract

Switch reference systems occur in a number of languages spoken in a contiguous area in western South America, across language families, and even across macro culture areas (Andes and Amazon). At first sight, this is suggestive of contact-induced diffusion, but the different systems show rather a lot of variation. This paper gives an overview of the switch-reference structures found in Western South America, taking a multi-variate approach to the phenomenon. In addition, it discusses the likelihood of horizontal and vertical transmission hypotheses to explain the current distribution of switch reference in South America.

Abstract

Switch reference systems occur in a number of languages spoken in a contiguous area in western South America, across language families, and even across macro culture areas (Andes and Amazon). At first sight, this is suggestive of contact-induced diffusion, but the different systems show rather a lot of variation. This paper gives an overview of the switch-reference structures found in Western South America, taking a multi-variate approach to the phenomenon. In addition, it discusses the likelihood of horizontal and vertical transmission hypotheses to explain the current distribution of switch reference in South America.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2016
Deposited On:10 Nov 2016 12:58
Last Modified:02 Jun 2017 19:30
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN:9789027206954
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1075/tsl.114.05van
Related URLs:https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/tsl.114/main (Publisher)
http://www.zora.uzh.ch/127282/
https://doi.org/10.1075/tsl.114 (Publisher)

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