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Title: The Languages of Native North America
Written By: Marianne Mithun
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=052129875X
Series Title: Cambridge Language Surveys
Description:

This book provides an authoritative survey of the several hundred languages
indigenous to North America. These languages show tremendous genetic and
typological diversity, and offer numerous challenges to current linguistic
theory. Part I of the book provides an overview of structural features of
particular interest, concentrating on those that are cross-linguistically
unusual or unusually well developed. These include syllable structure,
vowel and consonant harmony, tone, and sound symbolism; polysynthesis, the
nature of roots and affixes, incorporation, and morpheme order; case;
grammatical distinctions of number, gender, shape, control, location,
means, manner, time, empathy, and evidence; and distinctions between nouns
and verbs, predicates and arguments, and simple and complex sentences; and
special speech styles. Part II catalogues the languages by family, listing
the location of each language, its genetic affiliation, number of speakers,
major published literature, and structural highlights. Finally, there is a
catalogue of languages that have evolved in contact situations.Winner of
the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award.

Publication Year: 07-J
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Language Documentation
Language Family(ies): Caddoan
Chibchan
Coahuiltecan
Eskimo-Aleut
Hokan
Iroquoian
Mayan
Muskogean
Oto-Manguean/Otomanguean
Penutian
Salishan
Siouan
Uto-Aztecan
Wakashan
Algonquian
Athapaskan
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 052129875X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 795
Prices: U.S. $ 33
U.K. £ 23.95