Lexical Acculturation in Native American LanguagesBook - 1999
Lexical acculturation refers to the accommodation of languages to new objects and concepts encountered as the result of culture contact. This unique study analyzes a survey of words for 77 items of European culture (e.g. chicken, horse, apple, rice, scissors, soap, and Saturday) in thevocabularies of 292 Amerindian languages and dialects spoken from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. The first book ever to undertake such a large and systematic cross-language investigation, Brown's work provides fresh insights into general processes of lexical change and development, includingthose involving language universals and diffusion.
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999
Branch Call Number: PM220 .B76 1999
Characteristics: 259 pages ; 24 cm