Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time

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University of Chicago Press, Jun 1, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 358 pages
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In this ground-breaking book, Johanna Nichols proposes means of describing, comparing, and interpreting linguistic diversity, both genetic and structural, providing the foundations for a theory of diversity based upon population science. This book will interest linguists, archaeologists, and population specialists.

"An awe-inspiring book, unequalled in scope, originality, and the range of language data considered."—Anna Siewierska, Linguistics

"Fascinating. . . . A brilliant pioneering study."—Journal of Indo-European Studies

"A superbly reasoned book."—John A. C. Greppin, Times Literary Supplement
  

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Contents

Favored and Disfavored Grammatical Patterns
45
Correlations between Types
97
Correlations of Structural Types with Grammatical Categories
116
Genetic and Areal
163
Structural Affinities between Areas
184
Geographical Distribution
231
Conclusions
254
Sample Languages
283
Language by Area and Structural Features
292
Alphabetical List of Languages
302
Notes
311
References
319
Indexes
343
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About the author (1999)

Johanna Nichols is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Affiliate Professor of Linguistics, UC Berkeley. She works on languages of the Caucasus, typology, and the linguistic prehistory of the steppe periphery.

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