Genetic Linguistics: Essays on Theory and Method

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byJoseph H. GreenbergEditorWilliam Croft

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This book collects Joseph Greenberg's most important writings on the genetic classification of the world's languages. Fifty years ago Joseph Greenberg put forward the now widely accepted classification of African languages. This book charts the progress of his subsequent work on language classification in Oceania, the Americas, and Eurasia,in which he proposed the language families Indo-Pacific, Amerind andEurasiatic. It shows how he established and deployed three fundamental principles: that the most reliable evidence for genetic classification is the pairing of sound and meaning; that nonlinguistic evidence, such as skin colour or cultural traits, should be excluded from the analysis; and that thevocabulary and inflections of a very large number of languages should be simultaneously compared. The volume includes Joseph Greenberg's substantive contributions to the debate his work provoked and concludes with his writings on the links between genetic linguistics and human history.William Croft's introduction focuses on the substance and the development of Professor Greenberg's thought and research within the context of the discussion they stimulated. He also includes a bibliography of scholarly reactions to and developments of Joseph Greenberg's work and a comprehensivebibliography of his publications in books and journals.

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This book collects Joseph Greenberg's most important writings on the genetic classification of the world's languages. Fifty years ago Joseph Greenberg put forward the now widely accepted classification of African languages. This book charts the progress of his subsequent work on language classification in Oceania, the Americas, and Eur...

Joseph H.Greenberg (1915-2001) was one of the twentieth-century's most original and influential linguists. He was Professor of Linguistics at Stanford University, 1962-85, where he was also Director of the African Languages and Area Center, 1967-78. His books include The Languages of Africa (1963), Anthropological Linguistics (1968) L...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:458 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.01 inPublished:April 7, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I: Classification, Grouping, and Subgrouping1. Historical Linguistics and Unwritten Languages (1953)2. Genetic Relationship Among Languages (1957)3. The Problem of Linguistic Subgroupings (1957)4. The General Classification of Central and South American Languages (1960)5. The Methodology of Language Classification (1963)Part II: Classification, Sound Correspondences and Reconstruction6. The Principles of Genetic Linguistic Classification (1987)7. On Lumping and Splitting in Linguistics and Biology (1999)8. The Concept of Proof in Genetic Linguistics (2000)9. Review of Vladimir E. Orel and Olga V. Stolbova, Hamito-Semitic etymological dictionary: Materials for a Reconstruction (1996)10. Proto-linguistic Variation: A Link Between Historical Linguistics and Sociolinguistics (1989)11. Indo-European Practice and American Indianist Theory in Linguistic Classification (1990)Part III: Indo-Pacific, Amerind, Eurasiatic12. The Indo-Pacific Hypothesis (1971)13. Classification of American Indian Languages: A Reply to Campbell (1989)14. In Defense of Amerind (1996)15. Does Altaic Exist? (1997)16. The Convergence of Eurasiatic and Nostratic (1998)Part IV: Genetic Linguistics and Human History17. Linguistic Typology and History: Review of Johanna Nichols, Linguistic Diversity in Space and Time (1993)18. Are There Mixed Languages (1999)19. Language and Archaeology: Review of Colin Renfrew, Archaeology and Language: The Puzzle of Indo-European Origins and Merritt Ruhlen, A Guide to the World's Languages, vol. 1: Classification (1988)20. Beringia and New World Origins: The Linguistic Evidence (1996)Bibliography of Works Related to Joseph H. Greenberg's Theory and Methods for Genetic LinguisticsAppendix AWorks by Joseph H. Greenberg on Genetic LinguisticsAppendix BReviews, Commentaries and Discussion of Joseph H. Greenberg's Works on Genetic LinguisticsIndex