Language Classification: History and Method

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How are relationships established between the world's languages? This is one of the most topical and most controversial questions in contemporary linguistics. The central aims of this book are to answer this question, to cut through the controversies, and to contribute to research in distant genetic relationships. In doing this the authors aim to: (1) show how the methods have been employed; (2) reveal which methods, techniques, and strategies have proven successful and which ones have proven ineffective; (3) determine how particular language families were established; (4) evaluate several of the most prominent and more controversial proposals of distant genetic relationship (such as Amerind, Nostratic, Eurasiatic, Proto-World, and others); and (5) make recommendations for practice in future research. This book will contribute significantly to understanding language classification in general.

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Language classification is one of the most topical and controversial areas of contemporary linguistics. This book contributes to the discussion and deals with how and why languages diversify and spread. It also demonstrates how the major language families of the world were established, and discusses the methodology of language classification.

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Lyle Campbell is Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Utah.

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