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Title Language dispersal, diversification, and contact : a global perspective / edited by Mily Crevels, Pieter Muysken
Edition First edition
Published Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2020
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 360 pages ): illustrations, maps, charts
Series Oxford linguistics
Oxford linguistics.
Contents Patterns of diversification and contact: re-examining dispersal hypotheses / Mily Crevels, Pieter Muysken -- Dispersal patterns shape areal typology / Johanna Nichols -- Sociolinguistic typology and the uniformitarian hypothesis / Peter Trudgill -- Geographical axis effects in large-scale linguistic distributions / Tom Güldemann, Harald Hammarström -- Large and ancient linguistic areas / Balthasar Bickel -- Patterns of dispersal and diversification in Island Southeast Asia and Oceania / Marian Klamer, Mily Crevels, Pieter Muysken -- Time, diversification, and dispersal on the Australian continent: three enigmas of linguistic prehistory / Nicholas Evans -- Language diversity, geomorphological change, and population movements in the Sepik-Ramu basin of Papua New Guinea / William A. Foley -- The dynamics of human expansion and cultural diversification in Southeast Asia and Oceania during the Neolithic: an archeological perspective / Jean-Christophe Galipaud -- The role of contact and language shift in the spread of Austronesian languages across Island Southeast Asia / Mark Donohue, Tim Denham -- Patterns of dispersal and diversification in Africa / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Mily Crevels, Pieter Muysken -- Language diversification and contact in Africa / Gerrit J. Dimmendaal -- The Bantu Expansion: some facts and fiction / Koen Bostoen -- Language isolates and the spread of pastoralism in East Africa / Maarten Mous -- Patterns of dispersal and diversification in South America / Pieter Muysken, Mily Crevels -- Amazonian linguistic diversity and its sociocultural correlates / Patience Epps -- Cultural phylogenetics in lowland South America / Robert S. Walker
Summary "How did languages spread across the globe? Why do we sometimes find large language families, distributed over a wider area, and sometimes clusters of very small families or language isolates (i.e. languages without known relatives)? What was the role of agriculture in language spread? What do different language ideologies and patterns of ethnic identity formation contribute? What influence do geography and climate have? The availability of increasingly large databases and new analytical research techniques make it possible to provide new answers to these long standing questions. This book focuses on patterns of language dispersal, diversification, and contact in a global perspective by comparing the complex language and population histories of Island Southeast Asia/Oceania, Africa, and South America in terms of history and patterns of settlement, conceptions of ethnicity, and communication strategies. These three regions were selected because they show interesting contrasts in the distribution of languages and language families"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from web page (Oxford Scholarship Online, viewed on Noveber 24, 2020)
Subject Language and languages -- Variation.
Language spread.
Languages in contact.
Language and languages -- Variation.
Language spread
Languages in contact.
Form Electronic book
Author Crevels, Emily Irene, editor.
Muysken, Pieter, editor.
ISBN 0191035750