The Origin and Diversification of Language

Sherzer, Joel (ed.); Swadesh, Morris

Verlag: Aldine - Atherton, Inc., 1971
ISBN 10: 0202010015 / ISBN 13: 9780202010014
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Inhaltsangabe: Morris Swadesh, one of this century's foremost scientific investigators of language, dedicated much of his life to the study of the origin and evolution of language. This volume, left nearly completed at his death and edited posthumously by Joel F. Sherzer, is his last major study of this difficult subject.Swadesh discusses the simple qualities of human speech also present in animal language, and establishes distinctively human techniques of expression by comparing the common features that are found in modern and ancient languages. He treats the diversification of language not only by isolating root words in different languages, but also by dealing with sound systems, with forms of composition, and with sentence structure. In so doing, he demonstrates the evidence for the expansion of all language from a single central area. Swadesh supports his hypothesis by "exhibits" that conveniently present the evidence in tabular form. Further clarity is provided by the use of a suggestive practical phonetic system, intelligible to the student as well as to the professional.The book also contains an Appendix, in which the distinguished ethnographer of language, Dell Hymes, gives a valuable account of the prewar linguistic tradition within which Swadesh did some of his most important work.

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Morris Swadesh (1909-1967) initiated or was associated with the introduction of many new approaches in scientific linguistics, including phonemics, glottochronology, and new concepts of language evolution. At the time of his death, he was research professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.



Joel F. Sherzer is a professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author, editor, or compiler of many books, including Stories, Myths, Chants, and Songs of the Kuna Indians, Speech Play and Verbal Art, and Verbal Art in San Blas: Kuna Culture through its Discourse.

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Titel: The Origin and Diversification of Language
Verlag: Aldine - Atherton, Inc.
Erscheinungsdatum: 1971
Einband: Hardcover
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Buchbeschreibung Buchzustand: Antiquarian. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London, 1972. 1st ed. Cloth. Personal library mark and name on free endpaper. 'In this book Swadesh (?) turns to discovery of new 'reconstructive' methods based on world-wide parallels of form-meaning structure, with of without phonological correlations. What emerges is an inference of the probability of monogenesis because of the weight of evidence of structural similarities. Developmental inferences are postulated for successive evolutionary stages, called eoglottic, paleoglottic and neoglottic. (?) Apparently accepting the prevailing belief that the comparative method, the single unquestioned discovery procedure for penetrating the preliterate linguistic past, could not be hoped to furnish proof of relationship except at fairly shallow time depths, while language itself must have been in use for some hundreds of thousands of years, Swadesh turns to exploration of new resources for making genetic inferences.His proposals are consistently original and worthy of serious consideration.' (MARY LECRON FOSTER in Language in Society, 1972, p.292). From the library of the late Sir Kenneth James Dover. Antiquarian. Artikel-Nr. 30303

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