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Words in Time and Place: Exploring Language Through the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary

By David Crystal

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The Indo-European Controversy: Facts and Fallacies in Historical Linguistics

By Asya Pereltsvaig and Martin W. Lewis

This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."


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Title: Mamaindé Tone – an account of plateauing in an Amazonian language
Author: David M. Eberhard
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Institution: SIL International
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Abstract: This paper describes the tone system of Mamainde, a Northern Nambiquara language. It employs an OT analysis to account for tone sandhi, which in this language involves plateauing, where a HLH sequence is realized as a HHH in very specific environments.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: In W. Leo Wetzels (ed.), Language Endangerment and Endangered Languages and Cultures of the Andean-Amazonian Border Area. pp.285-308. Indigenous Languages of Latin America Series (ILLA). Publications of the Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies (CNWS). Leiden University, The Netherlands.


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