American Indian Languages (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, 1997 - Anthropological linguistics - 528 pages
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Campbell's book has a vast scope covering all Native American languages, so only it can provide succinct information about each family of languages. It gives the state of art of comparative linguistics of American Indian languages but it lacks for a detailed linguistic typology and grammar of the languages. In addition to the catalogue of languages, it contains a very interesting history of American Indian Linguistics and chapters about genetic relationships with the methods and proposals of linguistics stocks. Campbell assesses these proposals in an idiosyncratic system, by assigning a probability of relationship between languages. However the criteria for such probabilities are not explicit for each proposal (except for three exemplary cases), although there is a chapter devoted to such criteria in general terms. Campbell usually remains skeptical on far-reaching proposals, such Greenberg's Amerind, rejecting the pronoun argument (the widespread pattern n-, m- for 1st and 2nd person) and claiming for stricter demonstrations. In sum, this book is a hallmark in the field of American Indian Linguistics. 

Contents

The History of American Indian Historical Linguistics
26
Comparison of Major Classifications of North American Languages
86
The Origin of American Indian Languages
90
Languages of North America
107
Languages of Middle America
156
Languages of South America
170
Distant Genetic Relationships The Methods
206
Distant Genetic Relationships The Proposals
260
Linguistic Areas of the Americas
330
MAPS
353
NOTES
377
REFERENCES
429
INDEX OF LANGUAGES LANGUAGE FAMILIES AND PROPOSED GENETIC RELATIONSHIPS
483
AUTHOR INDEX
504
SUBJECT INDEX
510
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Page 36 - ... with the inflections of their nouns and verbs, their principles of regimen and concord, and these deposited in all the public libraries, it would furnish opportunities to those skilled in the languages of the old world to compare them with these, now, or at any future time, and hence to construct the best evidence of the derivation of this part of the human...
Page 36 - A separation into dialects may be the work of a few ages only, but for two dialects to recede from one another till they have lost all vestiges of their common origin, must require an immense course of time; perhaps not less than many people give to the age of the earth. A greater number of those radical changes of Ian* guage having taken place among the red men of America, proves them of greater antiquity than those of Asia.
Page 36 - ... or civilized, with the inflections of their nouns and verbs, their principles of regimen and concord, and these deposited in all the public libraries, it would furnish opportunities to those skilled in the languages of the old world...
Page 49 - Yet it is the confident opinion of linguistic scholars that a fundamental unity lies at the base of all these infinitely varying forms of speech ; that they may be, and probably are, all descended from a single parent language.* For, whatever their differences of material, there is a single type or plan upon which their forms are developed and their constructions made...
Page 36 - Arranging them under the radical ones to which they may be palpably traced and doing the same by those of the red men of Asia, there will be found probably twenty in America, for one in Asia, of those radical languages, so called, because, if they were ever the same they have lost all resemblance to one another.

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