From Linguistic Areas to Areal Linguistics

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Pieter Muysken
John Benjamins Publishing, 2008 - 293 sivua
From linguistic areas to areal linguistics explores language description and typology in terms of areal background, presenting case studies in areal linguistics. Some concern well-established linguistic areas such as the Balkan, other regions such as East Nusantara (Indonesia) and the Guapore-Mamore (Amazon) regions have never before been studied in an areal perspective, and yet other areas are involved in current debates. The insight has gained ground that languages owe many of their characteristics to the languages they are in contact with over time. Yet the nature of these areal influences remains a matter of debate. Furthermore, areas are often hard to define. Hence the title: a shift from linguistic areas as concrete and circumscribed objects to a new way of doing linguistics: areally. New findings include the observation that there may be many more language areas than previously recognized. The book is primarily directed at linguists working in descriptive, comparative, historical and typological linguistics. Since it covers linguistic areas from four continents, it will have a wide appeal.
 

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The problem of the Caucasian Sprachbund
25
East Nusantara as a linguistic area
95
The GuaporeMamore region as a linguistic area
151
Local convergence
181
A Tai language with some Sinitic characteristics
221
Language index
275
Place index
291
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