Language Contacts in Prehistory: Studies in Stratigraphy

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Henning Andersen
John Benjamins Publishing, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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Every language includes layers of lexical and grammatical elements that entered it at different times in the more or less distant past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical documentation, linguistic stratigraphy the systematic study of such layers may yield information about the prehistory of a given tradition of speaking in a variety of ways. For instance, irregular phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse dialects in the formation of a language, and layers of material from different source languages may form a record of changing cultural contacts in the past. In this volume are discussed past problems and current advances in the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African, Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, Japanese, and Meso-American languages.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
IndoEuropean
45
The development of the perfect in IndoEuropean
74
Africa
107
Language contacts in NiloSaharan prehistory
135
Southeast Asia
159
Australia
177
Loanword strata in Rotuman
201
Japan
241
MesaAmerica
259
Language Index
289
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