[Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology

Enrique L. Palancar epalancar at hotmail.com
Mon Jul 4 04:44:02 EDT 2016


Hi again,
May I also add that much of what we know about the syntax of
ergativity also comes from the study of the syntax of the Mayan and Zoquean languages
of Mexico and not only from Australia.


Antoine Guillaume has also an article coming up in LT showing
how many varied spatial notions are encoded morphologically in many languages of South
America. That I have seen as well in languages of Mesoamerica, not to mention
meronyms, affective verbs, posture words, etc.  


And my penny for the morphology... because as far as morphological
complexity goes in the sense of serious deviations from the ideal one form-one meaning
mapping in the morphosyntax, the Oto-Manguean languages of Mexico are among the
most complex systems we know of in the world by way of inflectional classes,
stem classes, glottal classes, tonal classes, and you name it... 
Best,Enrique:::::::::::::::::::::::::::
Enrique L. Palancar

SeDyL(UMR8202), CNRS
7 rue Guy Môquet, 94801 Villejuif-Paris, France
<cnrs.academia.edu/EnriquePalancar>

> From: dbeck at ualberta.ca
> Date: Sat, 2 Jul 2016 08:20:38 -0600
> To: LINGTYP at listserv.linguistlist.org
> Subject: [Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology
> 
> Hi, everyone
> 
> At the International Journal of American Linguistics, we’re planning a 100th anniversary issue and part of it will have a survey of developments in linguistics and typology influenced by studies of American (in the Arctic-to-Tierra-del-Fueego sense) languages. So, I thought I would do a bit of a straw poll and ask the typological community what areas they thought had been most influenced by data from American languages (rather than relying on my own narrow point of view). Thoughts?
> 
> cheers,
> 
> David
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