[Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology

Ian Maddieson ianm at berkeley.edu
Sun Jul 3 12:48:41 UTC 2016

I’ll leave others to talk about syntactic, morphological or semantic issues, but I think on the ph side that
one of the most important contributions from American languages would be the study of prosodic typology. 

Work in the 1950’s on Oto-Manguean drew attention to some of the possible complexities of syllable
patterning and tonal contrasts. More recent work on both Amazonian and North American languages
has helped to build a better picture of the broad continuum of accentual/tonal types (e.g. work on
Cherokee). Athabaskan languages have expanded our understanding of tonogenesis (e.g. Krauss).

> On Jul 2, 2016, at 08:20, David Beck <dbeck at ualberta.ca> wrote:
> 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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Ian Maddieson

Department of Linguistics
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131-0001

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