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Language Isolates explores this fascinating group of languages that surprisingly comprise a third of the world's languages. Individual chapters written by experts on these languages examine the world's major language isolates and language isolates by geographic regions, with up-to-date descriptions of many, including previously undocumented language isolates. Each language isolate represents a unique lineage and a unique window on what is possible in human language, making this an essential volume for anyone interested in understanding the diversity of human language. Language Isolates is key reading for professionals and students in linguistics and anthropology.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 450 pages
  • 156 x 234mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 79 black & white tables, 3 black & white halftones, 6 black & white line drawings
  • 1138821055
  • 9781138821057

About Lyle Campbell

Lyle Campbell (PhD UCLA) is professor emeritus at the University of Hawai'i Manoa. He has held joint appointments in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, and Spanish. His publications include 21 books and c.200 articles; he won the Linguistic Society of America's "Bloomfield Book Award" twice, for American Indian Languages and Historical Syntax in Cross-linguistics Perspective (with Alice Harris). His specializations include: historical linguistics, language documentation, American Indian languages, typology, and Uralic languages.show more

Table of contents

List of Figures List of Maps List of Tables List of Contributors Introduction (Lyle Campbell) Chapter 1 Language Isolates and Their History (Lyle Campbell) Chapter 2 Ancient Near Eastern and European Isolates (Piotr Michalowski) Chapter 3 Basque and the Reconstruction of Isolated Languages (Joseba A. Lakarra) Chapter 4 Ainu (Thomas Dougherty) Chapter 5 Burushaski (Alexander D. Smith) Chapter 6 Other isolated Languages of Asia (Stefan Georg) Chapter 7 African Language Isolates (Roger Blench) Chapter 8 Language Isolates of North America (Marianne Mithun) Chapter 9 Language Isolates of Mesoamerica and Northern Mexico (Raina Heaton) Chapter 10 Language Isolates in South America (Frank Seifart and Harald Hammarstrom) Chapter 11 Language Isolates in the New Guinea region (Harald Hammarstrom) Chapter 12 Language Isolates of Australia (Claire Bowern) Chapter 13 Endangerment of Language Isolates (Eve Okura) References Indexshow more