29.2912, Books: On the external relations of Purepecha: Bellamy

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Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 11:25:03
From: Karijn Hootsen [gw.uilots.lot at uu.nl]
Subject: On the external relations of Purepecha: Bellamy


Title: On the external relations of Purepecha 
Subtitle: An investigation into classification, contact and patterns of word
Series Title: LOT Dissertation Series  

Publication Year: 2018 
Publisher: Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke (LOT)

Book URL: https://www.lotpublications.nl/on-the-external-relations-of-purepecha-an-investigation-into-classification-contact-and-patterns-of-word-formation 

Author: Kate Bellamy

Paperback: ISBN:  9789460932823 Pages: 435 Price: Europe EURO 40.00


Taking a systematic, multi-method approach, this thesis considers Purepecha in
the Latin American context from the perspectives of genealogy and contact, as
well as offering insight into the history of the language through two studies
focussing on word formation processes. The genealogy study re-visits the two
most prominent classification proposals for Purepecha - Greenberg (1987) and
Swadesh (1967) - concluding on the basis of a quantitative lexical comparison
using the Oswalt Monte Carlo Shift Test and a more traditional typological
comparison of affix ordering that no signal of relatedness between Purepecha
and any other sampled language can be identified. The two language contact
studies address possible interaction between Purepecha and other languages at
long-distance, regional and local levels. The lexicon of metallurgy, the most
convincing archaeological evidence for interaction between South America and
West Mexico, does not support this contact scenario although the lack of
observable loanwords in this domain may reflect the largely non-verbal nature
of technology transmission. A lexical comparison of over 1600 terms shows that
at the regional and local levels, Purepecha also displays very few borrowings
from the prehispanic period. This paucity of borrowings is reversed in the
modern period, with Spanish exerting a heavy influence on all aspects of the
language. The shift in borrowing pattern is explained by the gargantuan
socio-political change experienced by Purepecha speakers since the imposition
of Spanish, with language acting as a mirror for social change. The two
studies on word formation focus on the varying semantic transparency of the
roots and suffixes that comprise the language, with a specific emphasis on
olfactory language, and introduce the notion that roots may be precategorial
in nature. This language-internal work provides greater context for future
investigation into processes of historical development and possible
comparative efforts.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Purepecha (tsz)

Written In: English  (eng)

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