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Salish Applicatives by Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts (review)

Salish Applicatives by Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts (review) 2013 BOOK REVIEWS 297 reconstruction of protolanguages should precede deep reconstruction. Any other proposed criteria cannot be evaluated until they are tested against the above known criteria. It is my fear that despite Golla’s disclaimers, scholars outside the area of California linguistics will continue their misconception of “Hokan” and “Penutian” as established genetic units on a par with Indo-European. Part 4, “Typological and Areal Features: California as a Linguistic Area,” discusses those categories shared by many of the languages in the California domain. The pho- nology of California languages often involves an elaboration in the number of points and manners of articulation. Morphologically, suffixation, sometimes associated with stem ablaut, is the dominant pattern. Switch-reference is common, as are case systems, but the latter are never ergative-absolutive. Golla also discusses linguistic subsystems in this section and how they interrelate with history and culture. Diverse numeral systems may reflect the lateness of a need for systematic counting in monetary systems. Place names often contain a locative suffix, and personal names were rarely used in direct address. This section also presents an overview of specialized forms of speech, such as diminutive symbolism, augmentatives, baby talk, animal talk including that of mythical animals, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Anthropological Linguistics University of Nebraska Press

Salish Applicatives by Kaoru Kiyosawa and Donna B. Gerdts (review)

Anthropological Linguistics , Volume 55 (3) – Aug 21, 2014

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University of Nebraska Press
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Abstract

2013 BOOK REVIEWS 297 reconstruction of protolanguages should precede deep reconstruction. Any other proposed criteria cannot be evaluated until they are tested against the above known criteria. It is my fear that despite Golla’s disclaimers, scholars outside the area of California linguistics will continue their misconception of “Hokan” and “Penutian” as established genetic units on a par with Indo-European. Part 4, “Typological and Areal Features: California as a Linguistic Area,” discusses those categories shared by many of the languages in the California domain. The pho- nology of California languages often involves an elaboration in the number of points and manners of articulation. Morphologically, suffixation, sometimes associated with stem ablaut, is the dominant pattern. Switch-reference is common, as are case systems, but the latter are never ergative-absolutive. Golla also discusses linguistic subsystems in this section and how they interrelate with history and culture. Diverse numeral systems may reflect the lateness of a need for systematic counting in monetary systems. Place names often contain a locative suffix, and personal names were rarely used in direct address. This section also presents an overview of specialized forms of speech, such as diminutive symbolism, augmentatives, baby talk, animal talk including that of mythical animals,

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Anthropological LinguisticsUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Aug 21, 2014

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