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LINGUIST List 18.2461

Wed Aug 22 2007

Qs: Hunter-gatherer Language Groups List

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        1.    Patrick McConvell, Hunter-gatherer Language Groups List

Message 1: Hunter-gatherer Language Groups List
Date: 21-Aug-2007
From: Patrick McConvell <patrick.mcconvellaiatsis.gov.au>
Subject: Hunter-gatherer Language Groups List
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A group of us are editing a book on Hunter-Gatherer languages. We are
looking for any list that may have been compiled of hunter-gatherer
language groups with the intention of being comprehensive or nearly so, for
the world or continents etc. We would be glad to receive any such lists or
references. If we cannot find such a list we may have to try to compile one
ourselves. Guided by the Ethnographic Map work stemming originally from
Murdock we were thinking of using the following definitional criteria for
'hunter-gatherer' for our purposes:
'Any language group which has been 85% or more reliant on any combination
of hunting, food-gathering and/or fishing for at least 100 years in the
last 500 years' (ie we are interested at the moment in recent, not ancient,
hunter-gatherers). Any comments on this definition would be gratefully
received. We are looking at for some criteria which can be easily

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

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