Linguistics and Archaeology in the Americas

The Historization of Language and Society

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The contributors to this volume, an international group of leading specialists, guide us through different aspects of the study of Amerindian languages and societies that lie at the heart of the extensive and multi-facetted work of Willem Adelaar, the forerunning specialist in Native American studies of Meso and South America, and Professor of Amerindian Studies at Leiden University. The contributors focus on three larger regions, the Andes, Amazonia, Meso-America and the Circum-Caribbean region, giving us a state of the art overview of current linguistic and archaeological research trends that illuminate the dynamicity and historicity of the Americas, in migratory movements, contact situations, grouping and re-grouping of identities and the linguistic results thereof. This book is a must-have for all scholars of the American continent.

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Eithne B. Carlin, Ph.D. (1992) in General and African Linguistics, University of Cologne, is senior lecturer at Leiden University. She has published extensively on the Amerindian languages of the Guianas, including A Grammar of Trio, a Cariban Language of Suriname (Peter Lang, 2004).

Simon van de Kerke, Ph.D. (1996) in General Linguistics, University of Amsterdam, is senior lecturer at Leiden University. He is specialized in indigenous languages of Bolivia and has been editor of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (ILLA) series since 2000.

CONTENTS

Preface
Acknowledgements
Bibliography of Willem F.H. Adelaar

PART I
HISTORICAL COMPARATIVE LINGUISTICS OF SOUTH AMERICA
1. Linguistic Reconstruction of Elements of Prehistoric Tupi Culture - Aryon Dall’Igna Rodrigues
2. Problems of Distinguishing Nominal Compounding from Syntactic and Noun Categorization Devices in
Tupi-Guarani Languages - Wolf Dietrich

PART II
ARCHAEOLOGY AND LINGUISTICS OF MESO-AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
3. Preposed Phonetic Complements in Maya Hieroglyphic Writing - Nikolai Grube
4. Mixtec Cultural Vocabulary and Pictorial Writing - Maarten E.R.G.N. Jansen and Gabina Aurora Pérez Jiménez
5. Unspecified Arguments, Predicates, and Events in Nahuatl - Michel Launey
6. The Ever-Dynamic Caribbean: Exploring New Approaches to Unraveling Social Networks in the Pre-Colonial and Early Colonial Periods - Corinne L. Hofman and Eithne B. Carlin

PART III
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
7. ‘Why do they steal our phonemes?’ Inventing the Survival of the Cañari Language (Ecuador) - Rosaleen Howard
8. Lenguas e Ídentidades Étnicas - Xavier Albó

PART IV
MORPHOPHONOLOGY AND MORPHOSYNTAX
9. Sobre el Morfo Vacío -ni del Quechua - Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino
10. The Copula in Ecuadorian Quechua - Pieter Muysken
11. O ‘Caduco’ e o ‘Frustrativo’ nas Línguas Baniwa do Içana e Nheengatu (Alto Rio Negro, Brasil) - Gerald Taylor
12. Reflexivity and Reciprocity in Tehuelche and Selknam (Chon family) - Ana Fernández Garay
13. Gender, Noun Class and Language Obsolescence: The Case of Paumarí - Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald
14. Word Prosody and the Distribution of Oral/Nasal Contour Consonants in Kaingang - W. Leo Wetzels
Subject Index
List of Contributors
All scholars of the languages, cultures and prehistory of Meso and South America, and the Caribbean. Historical and descriptive linguists, sociolinguists, archaeologists and those interested in the pictorial writing systems of Meso America.
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