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Language Isolates

1st Edition

Edited by Lyle Campbell


392 pages

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Language Isolates explores this fascinating group of languages that surprisingly comprise a third of the world’s languages.

Individual chapters written by experts on these languages examine the world's major language isolates and language isolates by geographic regions, with up-to-date descriptions of many, including previously unrecorded language isolates. Each language isolate represents a unique lineage and a unique window on what is possible in human language, making this an essential volume for anyone interested in understanding the diversity of languages and the very nature of human language.

Language Isolates is key reading for professionals and students in linguistics and anthropology.

Table of Contents

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List of contributors

Introduction Lyle Campbell

1 Language isolates and their history

Lyle Campbell

2 Ancient Near Eastern and European isolates

Piotr Michalowski

3 Basque and the reconstruction of isolated languages

Joseba A. Lakarra

4 Ainu

Thomas Dougherty

5 Burushaski

Alexander D. Smith

6 Other isolated languages of Asia

Stefan Georg

7 African language isolates

Roger Blench

8 Language isolates of North America

Marianne Mithun

9 Language isolates of Mesoamerica and Northern Mexico

Raina Heaton

10 Language isolates in South America

Frank Seifart and Harald Hammarström

11 Language isolates in the New Guinea region

Harald Hammarström

12 Language isolates of Australia

Claire Bowern

13 Endangerment of language isolates

Eve Okura


About the Editor

Lyle Campbell is a linguist, Professor Emeritus at the University of Hawai‘i Manoa. He has also held joint appointments in Anthropology, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, and Spanish.

About the Series

Routledge Language Family Series

Each volume in this series contains an in-depth account of the members of some of the world's most important language families. Written by experts in each language, these accessible accounts provide detailed linguistic analysis and description. The contents are carefully structured to cover the natural system of classification: phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis, semantics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics.

Every volume contains extensive bibliographies for each language, a detailed index and tables, and maps and examples from the languages to demonstrate the linguistic features being described. The consistent format allows comparative study, not only between the languages in each volume, but also across all the volumes in the series.

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