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  • The Correct Language, Tojolabal (RLE Linguistics F: World Linguistics)by Louanna Furbee-Losee

    Taylor and Francis 2014; US$ 135.00

    Definitions of language cluster around two non-contradictory views: one that language is a shared code, a social entity, and the other that language is the knowledge that enables a native speaker to produce and understand speech. In examining the language and culture of the Tojolabal (Mayan) Indians of Mexico, this book argues that language is a cognitive... more...

  • A Grammar of the Seneca Languageby Wallace Chafe

    University of California Press 2015; US$ 65.00

    The Seneca language belongs to the Northern Iroquoian branch of the Iroquoian language family, where its closest relatives are Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora. Seneca holds special typological interest because of its high degree of polysynthesis and fusion. It is historically important because of its central role in the Longhouse religion... more...

  • A Grammar of Kulinaby Stefan Dienst

    De Gruyter 2014; US$ 210.00

    Amazonia is a linguistically highly diverse region with numerous underdocumented, often seriously endangered languages. This work is a reference grammar of an Amazonian language spoken in the rainforests of Brazil and Peru. The book provides a comprehensive insight into the grammatical structure of Kulina, which will be of great value... more...

  • The Emergence of Creole Syllable Structureby Mareile Schramm

    De Gruyter 2015; US$ 140.00

    This book presents an empirical study of syllable structure and phonotactic restructuring in six Caribbean creoles with Dutch, English and French as main lexifier languages. It is shown that, although some structures are more commonly permitted than others, there is considerable cross-creole variation, especially with respect to word-final... more...

  • Sounds Like Lifeby Janis B. Nuckolls

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 144.99

    Sound-symbolism occurs when words resemble the sounds associated with the phenomena they attempt to describe, rather than an arbitrary representation. For example the word raven is arbitrary in that it does not resemble a raven; cuckoo, however, is sound -symbolic in that it resembles the bird's call. In Sounds Like Life, Janis Nuckolls studies the... more...

  • The Languages of the Andesby Willem F. H. Adelaar; Pieter C. Muysken

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 82.00

    Documents the diverse range of languages in the Andean and Pacific regions of South America. more...

  • A Language of Our Ownby Peter Bakker

    Oxford University Press 1997; US$ 109.99

    The Michif language - spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada - uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and has two sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present an analysis of how it came into being. more...

  • Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languagesby Cecil H. Brown

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 134.99

    The author of this study explores the nature of acculturation in the encounter between Europeans and Native Americans. Specifically, he examines how Native American languages adjusted to the introduction of foreign objects and concepts after 1492, discerning patterns of linguistics. more...

  • Rabinal Achiby Dennis Tedlock

    Oxford University Press 2003; US$ 18.99

    Tedlock presents the first direct translation from Quiche Maya to English of "Rabinal Achi". The significance of the play is great to scholars and to lay persons as a partial history, by Mayans, of their culture, and as a revelation of the ancient ritual and beliefs toward the nature of sacrifice. more...

  • Defining Creoleby John McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2004; US$ 56.99

    Gathers articles on creole languages and their origins, by John H McWhorter, a unique and often controversial scholar in the field. This book is of interest to scholars and students of creole and pidgin studies, and lingustics more broadly. more...