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Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time

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

374 pages | 5 line drawings, 96 tables, 12 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1992

Language and Linguistics: Language History and Language Universals, Language Studies

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Tables
Note on Transcription and Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Favored and Disfavored Grammatical Patterns
3. Correlations between Types
4. Correlations of Structural Types with Grammatical Categories
5. Diachronic Stability: Genetic and Areal
6. The Role of Geography: Structural Affinities between Areas
7. Linguistic Diversity: Geographical Distribution
8. Diversity and Linguistic Prehistory: Conclusions and Open Questions
1. Sample Languages
2. Data: Language (by Area) and Structural Features
3. Alphabetical List of Languages
4. Frequency and Distribution of Voice Systems


Linguistic Society of America: Leonard Bloomfield Book Award

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