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LINGUIST List 21.1396

Mon Mar 22 2010

Books: Lexicography/Socioling/Historical Ling: Dyen, Aberle

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Lexical Reconstruction: Dyen, Aberle

Message 1: Lexical Reconstruction: Dyen, Aberle
Date: 17-Mar-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Lexical Reconstruction: Dyen, Aberle
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Title: Lexical Reconstruction
Subtitle: The Case of the Proto-Athapaskan Kinship System
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Isidore Dyen
Author: David F. Aberle
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521134460 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521134460 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 0
Abstract:

In this book, which was originally published in 1974, lexical
reconstruction is used to provide links between cultural and social
anthropology and linguistics. The Athapaskan language family has members in
Alaska, western Canada, the west coast and southwest of the United States,
and Oklahoma. The authors use the kinship terminology of existing
Athapaskan languages and dialects to provide a lexical reconstruction of
the kinship terminology of the mother-language, Proto-Athapaskan, which
existed perhaps 1,500 or more years ago. A central contribution of the work
is the explicit delineation of the method used in lexical reconstruction to
arrive at the likeliest inferences about the meanings of proto-lexemes.
Other methodological contributions include a method for inferring features
of social organization from kinship terminology and for reconstructing
other features of social organization from the distribution of these
features among existing groups.

List of tables;
List of maps;
Foreword by Harry Hoijer;
Preface;
Acknowledgments;
List of abbreviations;
1. The controversy over Proto-Athapaskan kinship;
2. Lexical reconstruction;
3. The reconstruction of Proto-Athapaskan kinship;
4. Kinship-term patterns as bases for inferences about kinship organization;
5. Interpretation of Proto-Athapaskan terminology;
6. Approaches to the study of differentiation;
7. The Pacific subgroup;
8. Apachean;
9. Canadian differentiation;
10. The methods and results of prior reconstructions;
11. Ethnological implications;
12. Summary.


Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Lexicography
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng )

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