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  • Ndyukaby George L. Huttar; Mary L. Huttar

    Taylor and Francis 2003; US$ 61.00

    First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company. more...

  • Origins of Predicatesby Tomio Hirose

    Taylor and Francis 2004; US$ 47.95

    This book offers a new perspective on natural language predicates by analyzing data from the Plains Cree language. Contrary to traditional understanding, Cree verbal complexes are syntactic constructs composed of morphemes as syntactic objects that are subject to structurally defined constraints, such as c-command. Tomio Hirose illustrates this in... more...

  • Sounds Like Lifeby Janis B. Nuckolls

    Oxford University Press 1996; US$ 184.99

    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... more...

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

    Cambridge University Press 2004; US$ 94.00

    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$ 139.99

    The Michif language -- spoken by descendants of French Canadian fur traders and Cree Indians in western Canada -- is considered an "impossible language" since it uses French for nouns and Cree for verbs, and comprises two different sets of grammatical rules. Bakker uses historical research and fieldwork data to present the first detailed analysis... more...

  • Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languagesby Cecil H. Brown

    Oxford University Press 1999; US$ 169.99

    Lexical acculturation refers to the accommodation of languages to new objects and concepts encountered as the result of culture contact. This unique study analyzes a survey of words for 77 items of European culture (e.g. chicken, horse, apple, rice, scissors, soap, and Saturday) in the vocabularies of 292 Amerindian languages and dialects spoken from... more...

  • Defining Creoleby John H. McWhorter

    Oxford University Press 2005; US$ 87.99

    A conventional wisdom among creolists is that creole is a sociohistorical term only: that creole languages share a particular history entailing adults rapidly acquiring a language usually under conditions of subordination, but that structurally they are indistinguishable from other languages. The articles by John H. McWhorter collected in this volume... more...

  • Remnant Raising and VSO Clausal Architectureby Felicia Lee

    Springer Netherlands 2006; US$ 62.19

    San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec, an endangered and little-examined indigenous language of Mexico, shows a range of syntactic and morphological phenomena incompatible with standard Minimalist accounts of verb movement: verbs and clearly phrasal constituents behave identically in a number of syntactic constructions, and the ordering of verbal morphemes is... more...

  • Time in Child Inuktitutby Mary D. Swift

    De Gruyter 2008; US$ 224.00

    Language acquisition is a human endeavor par excellence. As children, all human beings learn to understand and speak at least one language: their mother tongue. It is a process that seems to take place without any obvious effort. Second language learning, particularly among adults, causes more difficulty. The purpose of this series is... more...

  • The Linearization of Affixes: Evidence from Nuu-chah-nulthby Rachel Wojdak

    Springer Netherlands 2007; US$ 50.46

    This book examines the problem of linearization from a new perspective: that of the linearization of affixes. It introduces typologically rare affixation effects to current theoretical debates about the division of labor between the modules of the grammar. more...