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Thu Jan 13 2005

Books: Anthro Ling/Hist Ling/Typology, Altaic: Vajda

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia: Vajda (Ed)

Message 1: Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia: Vajda (Ed)

Date: 27-Dec-2004
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia: Vajda (Ed)

Title: Languages and Prehistory of Central Siberia
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 262

Published: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins

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Editor: Edward J. Vajda, Western Washington University

Hardback: ISBN: 1588116204 Pages: x, 275 pp. Price: U.S. $ 126.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027247765 Pages: x, 275 pp. Price: Europe EURO 105.00


The twelve articles in this volume describe Yeniseic, Samoyedic and
Siberian Turkic languages as a linguistic complex of great interest to
typologists, grammarians, diachronic and synchronic linguists, as well as
cultural anthropologists. The articles demonstrate how interdependent the
disparate languages spoken in this area actually are. Individual articles
discuss borrowing and language replacement, as well as compare the
development of language subsystems, such as numeral words in Ket and
Selkup. Three of the articles also discuss the historical and
anthropological origins of the tribes of this area. The book deals with
linguistics from the vantage of both historical anthropology as well as
diachronic and synchronic linguistic structure. The editor's introduction
offers a concise summary of the diverse languages of this area, with
attention to both their differences and similarities. A major feature
uniting them is their mutual interaction with the unique Yeniseic language
family - the only group in North Asia outside the Pacific Rim that does not
belong to Uralic or Altaic. Except for the papers by Anderson and Harrison,
all of the articles were originally written in Russian and they are made
available in English here for the first time.

Table of contents

Editor's foreword
Edward J. Vajda vii

I. The languages of Central Siberia

Introduction and overview
Gregory D.S. Anderson 1

II. Yeniseic linguistics

Yeniseic counting systems
Heinrich Werner 123

Patterns of plural formation in Kott nouns and adjectives
Telmina I. Porotova 129

On distinguishing loanwords from the original Proto-Yeniseic lexicon
Lyudmila G. Timonina 135

Incorporation and word formation in Ket
Zoya V. Maksunova 143

III. Selkup linguistics

Morphological reanalysis in the Selkup verb
Nadezhda G. Kuznetsova 151

Synonymy, allomorphy, and free variation in Selkup derivational suffixes
E.V. Zyrjanova 157

The Selkup worldview as reflected in basic number words
Valentina V. Bykonja 161

Selkup-Ket parallels in ritual and spiritual terminology
Alexandra Kim-Maloney 169

IV. South Siberian Turkic linguistics

Shaman and bear: Siberian prehistory in two Middle Chulym texts
Gregory D.S. Anderson and K. David Harrison 179

South Siberian sound symbolism
K. David Harrison 197

Linguistic reflections of Xakas ethnohistory
Viktor Ja. Butanaev 212

V. Archeological perspectives on Central Siberian language groups

Cultural origins of the taiga-dwelling peoples of the Middle Yenisei
N.P. Makarov and M.S. Batashev 233

Sunken earth dwellings as evidence of a Paleoasiatic substrate among the Ket
A.V. Razinkin 249

Prehistoric cultural links along the Yenisei: Revelations from a bronze idol
Roman V. Nikolaev 257

Index 265

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chulym (CHU)
                            Enets (ENE)
                            Ket (KET)
                            Selkup (SAK)
                            Kott (ZKO)
Language Family(ies): Altaic

Written In: English (ENG )

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