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The Amazonian Languages

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 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521570213

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  • The Amazon Basin is the least known and the most complex linguistic region in the world today. It is the home of some 300 languages many of which (often incompletely documented and mostly endangered) show properties that constitute exceptions to received ideas about linguistic universals. This book is the first in English to provide an accessible overview of this rich and exciting linguistic area. It will provide a basis for further research on Amazonian languages as well as a point of entry to important data for 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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    ..."a useful, comprehensive linguistic anthology for the Amazonian region" Notes on Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521570213
    • length: 476 pages
    • dimensions: 237 x 160 x 35 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 14 maps 120 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of maps
    List of contributors
    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


    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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