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Title: Language Classification
Subtitle: History and Method
Written By: Lyle Campbell
William J. Poser

How are relationships established between the world’s languages? This is
one of the most topical and most controversial questions in contemporary
linguistics. The central aims of the book are to answer this question, to
cut through the controversies, and to contribute to research in distant
genetic relationships. In doing this the authors aim to: (1) show how the
methods have been employed; (2) reveal which methods, techniques, and
strategies have proven successful and which ones have proven ineffective;
(3) determine how particular language families were established; (4)
evaluate several of the most prominent and more controversial proposals of
distant genetic relationship (such as Amerind, Nostratic, Eurasiatic,
Proto-World, and others); and (5) make recommendations for practice in
future research. This book will contribute significantly to understanding
language classification in general.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Genetic Classification
Discipline of Linguistics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 052188005X
ISBN-13: 9780521880053
Prices: U.K. £ 65.00
U.S. $ 125.00