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. Documenting the indigenous languages of this region, as well as of adjacent areas, Willem Andelaar and Pieter Muysken provide historical as well as contemporary information about the languages of the Andes. Illustrated with detailed grammatical sketches, their book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of linguistics and anthropology.
List of tables; List of maps; Preface; Orthographic conventions; List of abbreviations; 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; References; Author index; Index of languages and ethnic groups; Subject index.
"This large volume, which is an encyclopedia of Andean languages, is an exceptional resource for the languages of this region and for the Americas generally...the most authoritative book of its kind. Highly recommended." D.R. Parks, Indiana University-Bloomington, CHOICE
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