[Lingtyp] Americanist contributions to typology

Frank Seidel frank.zidle at gmail.com
Mon Jul 4 20:30:14 UTC 2016

Hello everybody,

two additional thoughts (I apologize, if I overlooked these mentions in
case they have been done before) less on typological but on linguistic
a) The Piranha language controversy and challenge to recursivity (cf.
b) Multilingualism in the Vaupes region with linguistically determined
exogamy and the resulting multilingual society. (cf. Aikhenvald).



On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 1:36 PM, Doris Payne <dlpayne at uoregon.edu> wrote:

> Studies of American languages have crucially contributed to
> post-Greenbergian word order typological understanding, including
> Derbyshire's ground-breaking work on the existence of object initial
> languages, various authors' work on "discontinuous constituents" of various
> sorts, information structure motivations for order variation, and so-called
> "inconsistent" order languages.
> - Doris Payne
> _______________________
> Doris L. Payne
> Professor of Linguistics
> University of Oregon
> Eugene, Oregon  97403
> 541-346-3894
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> 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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