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The languages of South America: deep families, areal relationships, and language contact


Birchall, Joshua; Danielsen, Swintha; Eriksen, Love; Galucio, Ana Vilacy; Van Gijn, Rik; Hammarström, Harald; Van de Kerke, Simon; Kolipakam, Vishnupraya; Krasnoukhova, Olga; Müller, Neele; O'Connor, Loretta (2014). The languages of South America: deep families, areal relationships, and language contact. In: O'Connor, Loretta; Muysken, Pieter. The Native Languages of South America. Origins, Development, Typology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 299-322.

Abstract

After summarizing the earlier chapters, we sketch a general overview of the different phases in the development of South America. We then explore the possibility of a continental bias for typological features characteristic of South America, which may point to the early entry of a limited set of features into the continent. Subsequently we analyze possible deep families or macro-groups in the continent, and their regional distribution. We then turn to the issue of whether different subsets of structural features yield different distance matrices for the language families studied. To further explore contact possibilities, the results for language contact in our book are charted. Finally, we conclude and take stock of what has been achieved and how further research should proceed.

Abstract

After summarizing the earlier chapters, we sketch a general overview of the different phases in the development of South America. We then explore the possibility of a continental bias for typological features characteristic of South America, which may point to the early entry of a limited set of features into the continent. Subsequently we analyze possible deep families or macro-groups in the continent, and their regional distribution. We then turn to the issue of whether different subsets of structural features yield different distance matrices for the language families studied. To further explore contact possibilities, the results for language contact in our book are charted. Finally, we conclude and take stock of what has been achieved and how further research should proceed.

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Item Type:Book Section, not 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:March 2014
Deposited On:17 Apr 2014 07:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 17:50
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:978-1-1070-4428-9
Related URLs:http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/latin-american-language-and-linguistics/native-languages-south-america-origins-development-typology

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