Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics

Advances in the study of Siouan languages and linguistics

Bryan James Gordon , Catherine Rudin (Hrsg.)

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500 Seiten

ISBN-13: 978-3-9462-3438-8

Verlag: Language Science Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 17.05.2016

Sprache: Deutsch

Farbe: Ja

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The Siouan family comprises some twenty languages, historically spoken across a broad swath of the central North American plains and woodlands, as well as in parts of the southeastern United States.
In spite of its geographical extent and diversity, and the size and importance of several Siouan-speaking tribes, this family has received relatively little attention in the linguistic literature and many of the individual Siouan languages are severely understudied. This volume aims to make work on Siouan languages more broadly available and to encourage deeper investigation of the myriad typological, theoretical, descriptive, and pedagogical issues they raise.

The 17 chapters in this volume present a broad range of current Siouan research, focusing on various Siouan languages, from a variety of linguistic perspectives: historical-genetic, philological, applied, descriptive, formal/generative, and comparative/typological. The editors' preface summarizes characteristic features of the Siouan family, including head-final and "verb-centered" syntax, a complex system of verbal affixes including applicatives and subject-possessives, head-internal relative clauses, gendered speech markers, stop-systems including ejectives, and a preference for certain prosodic and phonotactic patterns.

The volume is dedicated to the memory of Professor Robert L. Rankin, a towering figure in Siouan linguistics throughout his long career, who passed away in February of 2014.
Bryan James Gordon

Bryan James Gordon

Bryan James Gordon (1982) is an applied linguistic anthropologist working as instructional, technical and linguistic support for the Title VII Umó-Language and Cultural Center at the Umó-Nation Public School in Macy, Nebraska. He has published on information structure in Siouan and Algonquian languages, colinguistic gesture and sociolinguistics of Spanish-English contact zones, and taken part in documentary projects in Nebraska, Kansas and Panama. His current efforts are focussed on language reclamation in theory and practice.

Catherine Rudin

Catherine Rudin (Hrsg.)

Catherine Rudin (1954) is Professor of Linguistics at Wayne State College. Though best known for her publications on Slavic and Balkan syntax (2 books and numerous articles), she has also done significant work on Siouan languages, including field work on Omaha-Ponca (1988-1993), the Omaha and Ponca Digital Dictionary project (Co-PI 2008-11), and is currently at work on a grammar of Omaha-Ponca.

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