The Languages of the Andes

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 10, 2004 - Foreign Language Study - 718 pages
The Andean and Pacific regions of South America are home to a remarkable variety of languages and language families, with a range of typological differences. This linguistic diversity results from a complex historical background, comprising periods of greater communication between different peoples and languages, and periods of fragmentation and individual development. The Languages of the Andes documents in a single volume the indigenous languages spoken and formerly spoken in this linguistically rich region, as well as in adjacent areas. Grouping the languages into different cultural spheres, it describes their characteristics in terms of language typology, language contact, and the social perspectives of present-day languages. The authors provide both historical and contemporary information, and illustrate the languages with detailed grammatical sketches. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book will be a valuable source for students and scholars of linguistics and anthropology alike.

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1 Introduction
2 The Chibcha Sphere
3 The Inca Sphere
4 The languages of the eastern slopes
5 The Araucanian Sphere
6 The languages of Tierra del Fuego
7 The Spanish presence
Appendix Inventory of languages and language families of the Andean region
Author Index
Index of Languages and Ethnic Groups
Subject Index

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Willem Adelaar is Professor of Amerindian languages and cultures at Leiden University.

Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

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