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Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact

Mily Crevels and Pieter Muysken


How did languages spread across the globe? Why do we sometimes find large language families, distributed over a wider area, and sometimes clusters of very small families or language isolates (i.e. languages without known relatives)? What was the role of agriculture in language spread? What do different language ideologies and patterns of ethnic identity formation contribute? What influence do geography and climate have?The availability of increasingly large databases and new analytical research techniques make it possible to provide new answers to these long standing questions. This book focus ... More

Keywords: language spread, agriculture, linguistic diversity, language ideology, ethnic identity, Island Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa, South America

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723813
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198723813.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mily Crevels, editor
Senior University Lecturer in Linguistics, Leiden University

Pieter Muysken, editor
Professor of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen

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Part I General approaches

1 Patterns of diversification and contact

Mily Crevels and Pieter Muysken

Part II Southeast Asia and Oceania

Part III Africa

11 Patterns of dispersal and diversification in Africa

Gerrit J. Dimmendaal, Mily Crevels, and Pieter Muysken

13 The Bantu Expansion

Koen Bostoen

Part IV South America

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