In this ground-breaking book, Johanna Nichols proposes means of describing, comparing, and interpreting linguistic diversity, both genetic and structural, providing the foundations for a theory of diversity based upon population science. This book will interest linguists, archaeologists, and population specialists.
"An awe-inspiring book, unequalled in scope, originality, and the range of language data considered."--Anna Siewierska, "Linguistics"
"Fascinating. . . . A brilliant pioneering study."--"Journal of Indo-European Studies"
"A superbly reasoned book."--John A. C. Greppin, "Times Literary Supplement"
|List of Illustrations|
|List of Tables|
|Note on Transcription and Abbreviations|
|Favored and Disfavored Grammatical Patterns|
|Correlations between Types|
|Correlations of Structural Types with Grammatical Categories|
|Diachronic Stability: Genetic and Areal|
|The Role of Geography: Structural Affinities between Areas|
|Linguistic Diversity: Geographical Distribution|
|Diversity and Linguistic Prehistory: Conclusions and Open Questions|
|Data: Language (by Area) and Structural Features|
|Alphabetical List of Languages|
|Frequency and Distribution of Voice Systems|
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Number Of Pages: 358
Published: 1st January 1992
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Type: New edition