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Europe as a Linguistic Area

Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva

in The Changing Languages of Europe

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199297337
eISBN:
9780191711220
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297337.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Over the last decades, work on areal relationship among the languages of Europe has been a field of intensive research. This work has been dominated by questions such as the following: Do the ... More


Language contact in Amazonia

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in The Languages of the Amazon

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199593569
eISBN:
9780191739385
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593569.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families

This chapter starts with the definition of linguistic areas and language regions. Amazonia is contrasted with the Andean domain in terms of their linguistic features. We then turn to detailed ... More


Linguistic areas in China for differential object marking, passive, and comparative constructions

Hilary M. Chappell

in Diversity in Sinitic Languages

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198723790
eISBN:
9780191791130
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723790.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

This chapter sets out to demonstrate the great diversity to be found in Sinitic languages from both angles of morphosyntax and grammaticalization. The aim of the chapter is to see if it is possible ... More


Geographical axis effects in large-scale linguistic distributions

Tom Güldemann and Harald Hammarström

in Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198723813
eISBN:
9780191791154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723813.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Taking up Diamond’s (1999) geographical axis hypothesis regarding the different population histories of continental areas, Güldemann (2008, 2010) proposed that macro-areal aggregations of linguistic ... More


Patterns of dispersal and diversification in South America

Pieter Muysken and Mily Crevels

in Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198723813
eISBN:
9780191791154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723813.003.0015
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter presents some of the main issues relating to language diversification in South America. How to explain the large number of genealogical units (107–118) in the continent, in view of its ... More


Patterns of diversification and contact: Re-examining dispersal hypotheses

Mily Crevels and Pieter Muysken

in Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198723813
eISBN:
9780191791154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723813.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

This chapter presents the main questions raised in this book, as well as introducing some key notions that play a role in their answering. How did languages spread across the globe, and what are the ... More


Language diversification and contact in Africa

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal

in Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198723813
eISBN:
9780191791154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723813.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

The linguistic map of Africa as it manifests itself in its gestalt to us today is the result of a range of factors, involving climate change, technological innovations, as well as social conditions. ... More


Grammaticalization processes in the languages of South Asia

Alexander R. Coupe

in Grammaticalization from a Typological Perspective

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198795841
eISBN:
9780191837036
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198795841.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Families

This chapter describes grammaticalization patterns in a broad selection of languages of South Asia, a multilingual region of the world known to constitute a linguistic area in which unrelated ... More


Large and ancient linguistic areas

Balthasar Bickel

in Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780198723813
eISBN:
9780191791154
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198723813.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

Large-scale areal patterns point to ancient population history and form a well-known confound for language universals. Despite their importance, demonstrating such patterns remains a challenge. This ... More


The rise and fall of serial verbs

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Serial Verbs

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2018
ISBN:
9780198791263
eISBN:
9780191833700
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198791263.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Sociolinguistics / Anthropological Linguistics

We have identified three scenarios for the emergence of serial verb constructions: clause fusion scenario, whereby serial verbs emerge out of sequences of clauses; the verbal modification scenario, ... More


Diversity in Sinitic Languages

Hilary M. Chappell (ed.)

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780198723790
eISBN:
9780191791130
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723790.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Language Families, Syntax and Morphology

This book presents brand new research into the great structural diversity found in Sinitic languages. While many studies focus principally on Standard Mandarin, this work draws on extensive empirical ... More


‘Me’, ‘us’, and ‘others’: Expressing the self in Arawak languages of South America, with a focus on Tariana

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

in Expressing the Self: Cultural Diversity and Cognitive Universals

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780198786658
eISBN:
9780191828966
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198786658.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

The Arawak language family is the largest in South America in terms of its geographical spread, with over forty extant languages. Arawak languages are spoken in at least ten locations north of the ... More


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