Assessing the effects of language contact on Northeastern Pomo

Walker, N. Alexander (2016) Assessing the effects of language contact on Northeastern Pomo. In: Berez-Kroeker, Andrea L., Hintz, Diane M., and Jany, Carmen, (eds.) Language Contact and Change in the Americas: studies in honor of Marianne Mithun. Studies and Language Companion Series (SLCS), 173 . John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 67-90.

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Abstract

Northeastern Pomo is one of seven mutually unintelligible Pomoan languages of California. It was the last Pomoan language identified by acadamia and the first to become extinct. No publications are devoted solely to it, and what little documentation exists is of varied quality. Scholars have nevertheless sought to determine the place of Northeastern Pomo within Pomoan for more than a century. This paper examines aspects of Northeastern Pomoan phonology and grammar and categorizes them as retentions from Proto Pomo, language-internal innovations, or contact-induced changes. On the basis of the large number of retentions and language-internal innovations, Northeastern Pomo is proposed to be a relictual speech community that separated from Proto Pomo earlier than its westernmost congeners

Item ID: 52093
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-272-5938-7
ISSN: 0165-7763
Keywords: Pomo; language contact; historical linguistics
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 02:40
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2004 Linguistics > 200408 Linguistic Structures (incl Grammar, Phonology, Lexicon, Semantics) @ 100%
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