LINGUIST List 27.2347

Wed May 25 2016

Books: Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics: Rudin, Gordon (eds.)

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Date: 25-May-2016
From: Sebastian Nordhoff <Sebastian.Nordhofflangsci-press.org>
Subject: Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics: Rudin, Gordon (eds.)
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Title: Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics
Series Title: Studies in Diversity Linguistitcs
Published: 2016
Publisher: Language Science Press
                http://langsci-press.org

Book URL: http://langsci-press.org//catalog/book/94

Editor: Catherine Rudin
Editor: Bryan James Gordon
Electronic: ISBN: 9783946234371 Pages: 500 Price: Europe EURO 0 Comment: Open Access
Hardback: ISBN: 9783946234388 Pages: 500 Price: Europe EURO 60
Paperback: ISBN: 9783946234395 Pages: 500 Price: U.K. £ 20
Abstract:

The Siouan family comprises some twenty languages, historically spoken across a broad swath of the central North American plains and woodlands, as well as in parts of the southeastern United States.

In spite of its geographical extent and diversity, and the size and importance of several Siouan-speaking tribes, this family has received relatively little attention in the linguistic literature and many of the individual Siouan languages are severely understudied. This volume aims to make work on Siouan languages more broadly available and to encourage deeper investigation of the myriad typological, theoretical, descriptive, and pedagogical issues they raise.

The 17 chapters in this volume present a broad range of current Siouan research, focusing on various Siouan languages, from a variety of linguistic perspectives: historical-genetic, philological, applied, descriptive, formal/generative, and comparative/typological. The editors' preface summarizes characteristic features of the Siouan family, including head-final and "verb-centered" syntax, a complex system of verbal affixes including applicatives and subject-possessives, head-internal relative clauses, gendered speech markers, stop-systems including ejectives, and a preference for certain prosodic and phonotactic patterns.

The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Robert L. Rankin, a towering figure in Siouan linguistics throughout his long career, who passed away in February of 2014.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            General Linguistics
                            Historical Linguistics
                            Typology
Language Family(ies): Siouan

Written In: English (eng)

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