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The Languages of the Andes

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  • Date Published: October 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521368315

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  • The Andean and Pacific regions of South America are home to a remarkable variety of languages and language families, with a range of typological differences. Documenting the indigenous languages of this region, as well as of adjacent areas, Willem Andelaar and Pieter Muysken provide historical as well as contemporary information about the languages of the Andes. Illustrated with detailed grammatical sketches, their book will be a valuable resource for students and scholars of linguistics and anthropology.

    • Thorough treatment of Aymara, Mapuche and Quecha grammar and dialectology
    • An extensive reference work on Andean languages published in English
    • Pays attention to language history, extinct languages and language contact in the Andean area
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "This large volume, which is an encyclopedia of Andean languages, is an exceptional resource for the languages of this region and for the Americas generally...the most authoritative book of its kind. Highly recommended." D.R. Parks, Indiana University-Bloomington, CHOICE

    "What a great book! It is comprehensive, erudite, highly detailed, and extremely valuable."
    Anthropological Linguistics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521368315
    • length: 748 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 36 mm
    • weight: 1.052kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 13 maps 103 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of maps
    Orthographic conventions
    List of abbreviations
    1. Introduction
    2. The Chibcha sphere
    3. The Inca sphere
    4. The languages of the eastern slopes
    5. The Araucanian sphere
    6. The languages of Tierra del Fuego
    7. The Spanish presence
    Appendix: inventory of languages and language families of the Andean region
    Author index
    Index of languages and ethnic groups
    Subject index.

  • Author

    Willem F. H. Adelaar, Universiteit Leiden
    Willem Adelaar is Professor of Amerindian languages and cultures at Leiden University.


    Pieter C. Muysken, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
    Pieter Muysken is Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen, after previously teaching at the universities of Amsterdam and Leiden. His specialism is language contact and he does research in the Andes, the Caribbean and the Netherlands.

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