Editor for this issue: Dan Parker
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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 operationalised.