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The Amazonian Languages

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R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Desmond C. Derbyshire, Aryon D. Rodrigues, Cheryl Jensen, Janet Barnes, Eugene E. Loos, Silvana Martins, Valteir Martins, Ivan Lowe, Mary Ruth Wise, Lucy Seki
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  • Date Published: November 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521578936

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  • The Amazon Basin is arguably both one of the least-known and the most complex linguistic regions in the world. It is the home of some 300 languages belonging to around twenty language families, plus more than a dozen genetic isolates, and many of these languages (often incompletely documented and mostly endangered) show properties that constitute exceptions to received ideas about linguistic universals. This book provides an overview in a single volume of this rich and exciting linguistic area. The editors and contributors have sought to make their descriptions as clear and accessible as possible, in order to provide a basis for further research on the structural characteristics of Amazonian languages and their genetic and areal relationships, as well as a point of entry to important cross-linguistic data for the wider constituency of theoretical linguists.

    • An accessible overview of the 300-plus languages of the Amazon Basin, bringing together what is known about these little-known and endangered languages
    • Of major importance to theoretical linguists and language typologists alike, since many Amazonian languages contain features that challenge received notions of language universals
    • Can be used from undergraduate level upwards; also of relevance to policy-makers, NGOs and others involved with the survival of Amazonian peoples
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    • Date Published: November 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521578936
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 14 maps 120 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of contributors
    Acknowledgements
    List of abbreviations
    Conventions followed
    1. Introduction R. M. W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    2. Carib Desmond C. Derbyshire
    3. The Arawak language family Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    4. Tupí Aryon D. Rodrigues
    5. Tupí-Guaraní Cheryl Jensen
    6. Macro-Jê Aryon D. Rodrigues
    7. Tucano Janet Barnes
    8. Pano Eugene E. Loos
    9. Makú Silvana and Valteir Martins
    10. Nambiquara Ivan Lowe
    11. Arawá R. M. W. Dixon
    12. Small language families and isolates in Peru Mary Ruth Wise
    13. Other small families and isolates Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon
    14. Areal diffusion and language contact in the Içana-Vaupés basin, north-west Amazonia Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
    15. The Upper Xingu as an incipient linguistic area Lucy Seki
    Index of authors
    Index of languages and language families
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    R. M. W. Dixon, La Trobe University, Victoria

    Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, La Trobe University, Victoria

    Contributors

    R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, Desmond C. Derbyshire, Aryon D. Rodrigues, Cheryl Jensen, Janet Barnes, Eugene E. Loos, Silvana Martins, Valteir Martins, Ivan Lowe, Mary Ruth Wise, Lucy Seki

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