California Indian Languages

California Indian Languages

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qVictor Golla has been the leading scholar of California Indian languages for most of his professional life, and this book shows why. His ability to synthesize centuries of fieldwork and writings while bringing forward new ideas and fresh ways of looking at California's famous linguistic diversity will make this the primary text for anyone interested in California languages.q--Leanne Hinton, Professor Emerita of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley and author of qHow to Keep Your Language Aliveq qThis book is a wonderful contribution that only Golla could have written. It is a perfect confluence of author and subject matter.q--Ives Goddard, Senior Linguist, Emeritus, Smithsonian Institution qGolla is a gifted polymath and California Indian Languages is certainly his landmark achievement, required reading for any linguist, archaeologist, ethnographer, or historian interested in aboriginal California.q--Robert L. Bettinger, Professor of Anthropology, University of California Davis and author of qHunter-Gatherer Foragingq qThe preeminent figure in his field, Victor Golla has written a masterpiece filled with treasures for every audience: Indian communities working toward cultural and linguistic revival; general readers interested in the many cultures of Native California; and scholars in the fields of language, archaeology, and prehistory. The information here is so detailed that it supersedes all previous reference works.q--Andrew Garrett, Professor of Linguistics, University of California Berkeley and Director, Survey of California and Other Indian Languages qThis is a truly magnificent work, at once authoritative, comprehensive, accessible to a wide readership, and fascinating. Masterfully integrating linguistic, archaeological, historical, and cultural information, the author describes not just the languages, but also the major figures in the story: speakers, explorers, missionaries, and scholars. It is beautifully written, a great pleasure to read, and difficult to put down.q--Marianne Mithun, author of qThe Languages of Native North AmericaBrown, Cecil H. 1990. Problems in Distant Genetic Comparison: The Case of Mayan/Wintu. Unpublished manuscript. Brown, J. C. 2003. ... Die Spuren der Aztekischen Sprache in Nordlichen Mexico und HApheren Amerikanischen Norden.

Title:California Indian Languages
Author:Victor Golla
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011-08-02


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