The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis by Michael FortescueThe Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis by Michael Fortescue

The Oxford Handbook of Polysynthesis

EditorMichael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, Nicholas Evans

Hardcover | October 21, 2017

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This handbook offers an extensive crosslinguistic and cross-theoretical survey of polysynthetic languages, in which single multi-morpheme verb forms can express what would be whole sentences in English. These languages and the problems they raise for linguistic analyses have long featuredprominently in language descriptions, and yet the essence of polysynthesis remains under discussion, right down to whether it delineates a distinct, coherent type, rather than an assortment of frequently co-occurring traits. Chapters in the first part of the handbook relate polysynthesis to other issues central to linguistics, such as complexity, the definition of the word, the nature of the lexicon, idiomaticity, and to typological features such as argument structure and head marking. Part two contains areal studies ofthose geographical regions of the world where polysynthesis is particularly common, such as the Arctic and Sub-Arctic and northern Australia. The third part examines diachronic topics such as language contact and language obsolence, while part four looks at acquisition issues in differentpolysynthetic languages. Finally, part five contains detailed grammatical descriptions of over twenty languages which have been characterized as polysynthetic, with special attention given to the presence or absence of potentially criterial features.
Michael Fortescue is Emeritus Professor of Linguistics at the University of Copenhagen, now associated with St Hugh's College, Oxford. His special area of interest is Arctic and Sub-Arctic languages, principally Eskimo-Aleut, but also Chukotko-Kamchatkan and Wakashan languages. He has also published extensively in the more general fiel...
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Title:The Oxford Handbook of PolysynthesisFormat:HardcoverDimensions:1056 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0 inPublished:October 21, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Michael Fortescue, Marianne Mithun, and Nicholas Evans: IntroductionPart I: The Nature of Polysynthesis2. Osten Dahl: Polysynthesis and complexity3. Marianne Mithun: Argument marking in the polysynthetic verb and its implications4. Johanna Nichols: Polysynthesis and head-marking5. Johanna Mattissen: Sub-types of polysynthesis6. Jerrold Sadock: The subjectivity of the notion of polysynthesis7. Michael Fortescue: What are the limits of polysynthesis?8. Louis-Jacques Dorais: The lexicon in polysynthetic languages9. Balthasar Bickel and Fernando Zuniga: The word in polysynthetic languages: phonological and morphological challenges10. Peter Trudgill: The anthropological setting of polysynthesis11. Sally Rice: Phraseology in polysynthetic languagesPart II: Areal Perspectives12. Michael Fortescue: The Arctic and Sub-Arctic13. Marianne Mithun: Continental North America14. Carmen Jany: The northern Hokan area15. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Polysynthetic structures of Lowland Amazonia16. Nicholas Evans: Northern Australia17. William A. Foley: Papua New GuineaPart III: The Diachronic Perspective18. Edward Vajda: Patterns of innovation and retention in templatic polysynthesis19. T. Givon: The diachrony of complex verbs in Ute20. Hein van der Voort and Peter Bakker: Polysynthesis and language contact21. Ekaterina Gruzdeva and Nikolai Vakhtin: Language obsolescence in polysynthetic languagesPart IV: Acquisition22. Shanley Allen: Polysynthesis in the acquisition of Eskimo languages23. Bill Forshaw, Lucinda Davidson, Barbara Kelly, Rachel Nordlinger, Gillian Wigglesworth, and Joe Blythe: The acquisition of Murrinh-Patha24. Sabine Stoll, Balthasar Bickel, and Jekaterina Mazara: The acquisition of ChintangPart V: Grammatical Sketches25. Willem J. de Reuse: Western Apache, a southern Athabaskan languages26. Anthony C. Woodbury: Polysynthesis in Central Alaskan Yup'ik27. Lynn Drapeau: A grammatical sketch of the Innu language (Algonquian)28. Wallace Chafe: Caddo29. Toshihide Nakayama: Polysynthesis in Nuuchahnulth, a Wakashan language30. Honore Watanabe: The polysynthetic nature of Salish31. Una Canger: Nawatl (Uto-Aztecan)32. Claudine Chamoreau: Purepecha, a polysynthetic but predominantly dependent-marking language33. Fernando Zuniga: Mapudungun34. Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Tariana, an Arawak language from north-west Amazonia35. Leo Wetzels and Stella Telles: Lakonde, a polysynthetic (Nambikwara) language of southern Amazonia36. Nicholas Evans: Dalabon (Northern Australia)37. Rachel Nordlinger: South Daly River (Northern Australia)38. William Foley: The polysynthetic profile of Yimas, a language of New Guinea39. Megumi Kurebito: Koryak40. Johanna Mattissen: Nivkh41. Anna Bugaeva: Polysynthesis in Ainu42. Edward Vajda: Ket43. Gregory D. S. Anderson: Incorporation in Sora (Munda)44. Yakov G. Testelets and Yury Lander: Adyghe (Northwest Caucasian)