Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languages

Lexical Acculturation in Native American Languages

by Cecil H. Brown

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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 the vocabularies 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, including those involving language universals and diffusion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195121612
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 02/04/1999
Series: Oxford Studies in Anthropological Linguistics Series , #19
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

ONE: Introduction
TWO: Methodology
THREE: Nomenclature
FOUR: Lexical Universals
FIVE: Lexical Borrowability
SIX: Regional Patterns and Bilingualism
SEVEN: Lexical Replacement
EIGHT: Native Term Diffusion
NINE: European Loan Diffusion
TEN: Loan Shift: A Brief Case Study
ELEVEN: Postcontact Linguistic Areas
TWELVE: Conclusion
APPENDIX A: Statistical Reports on Individual Items of Acculturation 168(14)
APPENDIX B: Lexical Sources and Other Information for 292 Language Cases 182(39)
References 221(18)
Index of Languages, Items of Acculturation, Personal and Geographical Names 239(14)
Subject Index 253

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