Brill's Studies in Language, Cogntion and Culture

Alexandra Aikhenvald a.y.aikhenvald at LIVE.COM
Thu Dec 17 10:05:09 UTC 2009

New Series: Brill’s Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture
Brill is delighted to announce the new series: Brill’s Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture Linguistics (
Edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald, R.M. W. Dixon and N. J. Enfield
Brill’s Studies in Language, Cognition and Culture (BSLC) is an innovative, peer-reviewed international forum that focuses on the interaction between the conceptualization of linguistic categories with cultural variables, and with human cognition.
Aims and Scope
This new peer-reviewed book series offers an international forum for high-quality original studies in languages and cultures. It focuses on the interaction between linguistic categories (and their conceptualization), cultural values, and human cognition. Publications in this series will include interdisciplinary studies on language, its meanings and forms, and possible interactions with cognitive and communicational patterns. The series spans cultural and social anthropology, cognitive science and linguistics. The emphasis is on inductive based cross-linguistic and crosscultural studies, with special attention to poorly known areas, such as Lowland Amazonia and the Pacific. The series is international in scope and it is envisaged that three – four new volumes will be published each year.
The targeted audience includes linguists of all persuasions, social and cultural anthropologists,
social and cognitive scientists and psychologists.
For more information on this new series or to submit a manuscript proposal, please download the flyer:
Alternatively you can contact the Series Editor: 
Contact Editor
Alexandra Aikhenvald
The Cairns Institute
James Cook University
P.O. Box 6811
Queensland 4870
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or Brill’s Acquisitions Editor Language & Linguistics:
Ms. Liesbeth Kanis
P.O. Box 9000
2300 PA Leiden
The Netherlands
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Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, PhD, DLitt, FAHA
Professor and Research Leader (Peoples and Societies of the Tropics)
The Cairns Institute 
James Cook University
PO Box 6811
Queensland 4870

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> Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2009 15:24:26 -0500
> From: phonosemantics at EARTHLINK.NET
> Subject: Re: [Histling-l] Asymmetry in voiceless stop lenition
> I don't know if this is relevant, but in Yahgan obstruents are not treated equally by articulatory position.
> The system of the Yahgashaga dialect in the mid-19th century consisted of p, b, t, d, ch, j, and k, g.
> In word final position or before another obstruent-initial syllable all these were fricativized (after dropping following vowel): p/b>f, t/d>hr, ch/j>rri (?), k/g>x. There is also r>sh.
> However, there was a 'flux' of these forms in initial position, between t and d, ch and j, and k and g.
> But p and b did NOT alternate- rather p alternated with f. There is some evidence that b went with w. It is possible that at some more abstract level r/sh fit this latter pattern, but there aren't any initial r's in the language.
> Jess Tauber
> phonosemantics at
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