Language in the Americas

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Stanford University Press, 1987 - Foreign Language Study - 438 pages
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This book is concerned primarily with the evidence for the validity of a genetic unit, Amerind, embracing the vast majority of New World languages. The only languages excluded are those belonging to the Na-Dene and Eskimo- Aleut families. It examines the now widely held view that Haida, the most distant language genetically, is not to be included in Na-Dene. It confined itself to Sapir's data, although the evidence could have been buttressed considerably by the use of more recent materials. What survives is a body of evidence superior to that which could be adduced under similar restrictions for the affinity of Albanian, Celtic, and Armenian, all three universally recognized as valid members of the Indo-European family of languages. A considerable number of historical hypotheses emerge from the present and the forthcoming volumes. Of these, the most fundamental bears on the question of the peopling of the Americas. If the results presented in this volume and in the companion volume on Eurasiatic are valid, the classification of the world's languages based on genetic criteria undergoes considerable simplification.
  

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Contents

Tables
1
Unity and Bounds of Amerind
38
Maps
39
The Subgroups of Amerind
63
Amerind Etymological Dictionary
181
Grammatical Evidence for Amerind
271
The NaDene Problem
321
AlbanianArmenianCeltic Cognates and Their
328
A A Generalization of Glottochronology to n Languages
341
Recoverable Vocabulary Based on the Joos Function
342
Cognate Distributions and True Classifications
365
Distribution of the Amerind Etymologies
368
Summary of the Classification
378
Language Families of the New World
387
Index to the Amerind Etymologies
407
General Index
436

Conclusions and Overview
331

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JSTOR: Language in the Americas
No one should consult Language in the Americas without being aware of how far outside the mainstream Greenberg's work lies. Greenberg believes that a ...
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Joseph Greenberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In his 1987 book Language in the Americas, he supported the Eskimo-Aleut and Na-Dené groupings, but proposed that all the other Native American languages ...
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nationmaster - Encyclopedia: Joseph Greenberg
In his 1987 book Language in the Americas, he proposed a broader classification into three major groups: Eskimo-Aleut, Na-Dené, and Amerind. ...
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Problematic Use of Greenberg’s Linguistic Classification of the ...
Bright W (1988) Review of Language in the Americas byjoseph H. Greenberg. In: American reference books annual 19. Libraries Unlimited, Englewood, CO, p 440. ...
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University of Chicago Press - Letter to the Editor - 10.1086/423452
Bright W (1988) Review of Language in the Americas byjoseph H. Greenberg. In: American reference books annual 19. Libraries Unlimited, Englewood, CO, p 440 ...
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AJHG - Problematic Use of Greenberg's Linguistic Classification of ...
Review of Language in the Americas, by Joseph H. Greenberg. ... A comment on the Yurok and Kalapuya data in Greenberg's Language in the Americas. ...
www.ajhg.org/ AJHG/ fulltext/ S0002-9297(07)63326-6

anthrosource | American Anthropologist - 90(2):434 - Citation
Language in the Americas . Joseph H. Greenberg . Review by Victor Golla. This paper has been cited by:. Problematic Use of Greenberg’s Linguistic ...
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Joseph Greenberg, Singular Linguist, Dies at 85
... works include his classification of the 1500 languages of Africa into four superfamilies, a work published in 1955; "Language in the Americas" (1987), ...
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American National Biography Online
His most controversial work dealt with the latter, which, in Language in the Americas (1987), he divided into three families he termed Na-Dene, ...
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Scientist at Work: What We All Spoke When the World Was Young
"The ultimate goal," Dr. Greenberg said in concluding his 1987 book "Language in the Americas" (Stanford University Press), "is a comprehensive ...
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About the author (1987)

Joseph H. Greenberg is Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics Emeritus at Stanford University. Among his many books, the most recent is "On Language: Selected Writings of Joseph H. Greenberg" (Stanford, 1990).

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