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By Cecil H. Brown

Lexical acculturation refers back to the lodging of languages to new items and ideas encountered because the results of tradition touch. This exact learn analyzes a survey of phrases for seventy seven goods of ecu tradition (e.g. bird, horse, apple, rice, scissors, cleaning soap, and Saturday) within the vocabularies of 292 Amerindian languages and dialects spoken from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. the 1st booklet ever to adopt one of these huge and systematic cross-language research, Brown's paintings presents clean insights into normal methods of lexical switch and improvement, together with these concerning language universals and diffusion.

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