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Title: Language Contacts in Prehistory
Subtitle: Studies in Stratigraphy: Papers from the Workshop on Linguistic Stratigraphy and Prehistory at the Fifteenth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Melbourne, 17 August 2001
Edited By: Henning Andersen
Series Title: Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 239

Every language includes layers of lexical and grammatical elements that entered it at different times in the more or less distant past. Hence, for periods preceding our earliest historical documentation, linguistic stratigraphy—the systematic study of such layers—may yield information about the prehistory of a given tradition of speaking in a variety of ways. For instance, irregular phonological reflexes may be evidence of the convergence of diverse dialects in the formation of a language, and layers of material from different source languages may form a record of changing cultural contacts in the past. In this volume are discussed past problems and current advances in the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African, Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, Japanese, and Meso-American languages.

Contributions by: Henning Andersen; Karen Dakin; Anthony Diller; Bridget Drinka; Christopher Ehret; B.F.Y.P. Masele; Patrick McConvell; Bernard Mees; Derek Nurse; Hans Schmidt; Michael Smith; J. Marshall Unger.

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Family(ies): Australian
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588113795
ISBN-13: 9781588113795
Pages: viii, 292 pp.
Prices: U.S. $ 162
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 902724751X
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: viii, 292 pp.
Prices: EUR 95.00