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The Languages of the Amazon

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald


Languages of the Amazon basin are among the most fascinating in the world. This is where one finds unusual sounds, unexpected ways of classifying nouns, elaborate positional verbs, to name just a few features. Most Amazonian languages have been in contact with each other for many generations. Many people are multilingual, and the unusual patterns of multilingualism have given rise to intriguing patterns of language contact, extensive linguistic areas, and numerous features shared due to contact between people There are over 300 languages grouped into over fifteen language families, plus a fair ... More

Keywords: Amazonian languages, gender, evidentiality, language contact, South America, European Invasion, speech style, number word, applicative, tense, frustrative, comparative and historical linguistics, endangered languages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199593569
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199593569.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, author
The Cairns Institute, James Cook University