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New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics

Editor(s): Heriberto Avelino
Contributors: Ryan Shosted, Soren Wichmann, Jessica Coon, Melissa Frazier, Charles Hofling, Rodrigo Gutierrez Bravo,

Book Description

New Perspectives in Mayan Linguistics is a collection of papers synthesizing the research on Mayan languages at the beginning of the 21st century. One of the most prominent features of the articles included in this book is the balance between the use of the most recent linguistic theories and the empirical data from which analyses are drawn. A definitive characteristic of the book is that all of the papers provide rich and new descriptive material gathered in the field by their respective authors. The findings reported in this book have implications for a deeper understanding not only of particular aspects of the individual grammars of the Mayan family, but might have consequences for linguistic theory as well as for typological and universal generalizations. The volume brings together linguists of diverse areas of specialization phonetics, phonology, syntax, semantics, epigraphy, lexicography and anthropological linguistics to discuss recent analyses and data from a variety of Mayan languages.

For its broad scope summarizing the recent methodologies, theoretical models and findings of research in Mayan languages, the volume is of particular interest to the academic community at large, including researchers, teachers and students alike.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2424-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2424-0
Date of Publication: 01/11/2011
Pages / Size: 380 / A5
Price: £44.99


Heriberto Avelino is the Head of the Phonetics Laboratory at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. His research interests include phonetic universals and typology, field phonetics and laboratory phonology, phonetic databases and endangered languages. He has authored numerous articles and book chapters on the phonetics, phonology and typological aspects of American Indian languages.