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What's in a Verb? Studies in the Verbal Morphology of the Languages of the Americas

Southwest Journal of Linguistics 2008, Dec, 27, 2

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What's in a Verb? Studies in the Verbal Morphology of the Languages of the Americas. ED. BY GRAZYNA J. ROWICKA and EITHNE B. CARLIN. UTRECHT: LOT, 2006. PP. 252, PAPERBACK 24.49 [euro] This book is a compilation of twelve articles, the first five of which deal with indigenous languages of North and Central America, while the remaining seven papers concentrate on South American languages. In the introduction the editors state three purposes for the book. First of all, it aims to recognize the importance of the study of Native American languages for the development of linguistics in the twentieth century. The editors also hope that this collection of diverse papers will encourage interaction among fields that have become specialized by region or language. The third objective is to recognize the contribution of Dutch linguistics in the field; all of the articles are by Dutch linguists or by linguists associated with Dutch institutions. This third goal accounts for the fact that the papers are not representative of the Americas; for example, there are five papers to represent North and Central America, two of which are Salish. The other two North American languages are from the Athabascan and Algonquian families, and Metzontla Popoloc is the sole Central American language. The lack of representation for the other language families is understandable given the small number of papers and the requirement that the authors have a Dutch connection. At the same time, an additional few pages outlining the history and contribution of Dutch linguistics to the description of Native American languages would help to tie these articles together. The collection is divided into two sections for 'North and Central America' and 'South America.' I offer here a brief summary of each paper's central points.

What's in a Verb? Studies in the Verbal Morphology of the Languages of the Americas
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