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.
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Introduction Lyle Campbell
1 Language isolates and their history
2 Ancient Near Eastern and European isolates
3 Basque and the reconstruction of isolated languages
Joseba A. Lakarra
Alexander D. Smith
6 Other isolated languages of Asia
7 African language isolates
8 Language isolates of North America
9 Language isolates of Mesoamerica and Northern Mexico
10 Language isolates in South America
Frank Seifart and Harald Hammarström
11 Language isolates in the New Guinea region
12 Language isolates of Australia
13 Endangerment of language isolates