Download E-books Language Contacts in Prehistory: Studies in Stratigraphy. Papers from the Workshop on Linguistic Stratigraphy and Prehistory at the Fifteenth International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Melbourne, 17 August 2001 PDF

By Henning Andersen

Every language contains layers of lexical and grammatical components that entered it at various instances within the roughly far away previous. therefore, for classes previous our earliest old documentation, linguistic stratigraphy — the systematic research of such layers — might yield information regarding the prehistory of a given culture of talking in quite a few methods. for example, abnormal phonological reflexes could be proof of the convergence of various dialects within the formation of a language, and layers of fabric from diverse resource languages may possibly shape a checklist of adjusting cultural contacts some time past. during this quantity are mentioned previous difficulties and present advances within the stratigraphy of Indo-European, African, Southeast Asian, Australian, Oceanic, jap, and Meso-American languages.

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