[Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology

Mark Donohue mark at donohue.cc
Mon Jul 4 07:27:25 UTC 2016

I can't believe this hasn't come up already.

Edward Sapir, Southern Paiute, and forcing us to develop the notion of
underlying forms in phonology in a rigorous, well-argued way.


Sapir, Edward. 1925. Sound patterns in language. Language (1): 37-51.

On 4 July 2016 at 16:43, Enrique L. Palancar <epalancar at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Hi David,
> This might stray a little from what you asked, but it's worth a try, for
> besides the fundamental contemporary contributions to the body of knowledge
> of linguistic typology coming from recent, modern description of the
> Amerindian languages, I think it would be fair for this volume to
> acknowledge that modern descriptive linguistics in the Western world really
> started with the efforts of Spanish and Portuguese missionary linguists of
> the XVIth and XVIIth century trying to make sense of the grammar of many
> Amerindian languages when they were faced with both structures and sounds
> that were utterly unthinkable to the European mind at the time. This is
> often forgot, but some of these linguists, the best among them, did a
> wonderful job, although their work is commonly only known (and appreciated)
> in the circles of language specialists of the very same language families
> of the Americas on which these works were based. Such works deal with most
> of the phenomena that have been mentioned here, sometimes in very
> insightful ways. Most of the scholars that use these sources would agree, I
> think, that they do so, because they provide an invaluable window onto the
> histories of the modern languages, which for most of them it’s the only one
> we have.
> Very best,
> Enrique
> > 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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