By Catherine Rudin
The Siouan family members contains a few twenty languages, traditionally spoken throughout a huge swath of the critical North American plains and woodlands, in addition to in elements of the southeastern usa. inspite of its geographical quantity and variety, and the scale and value of a number of Siouan-speaking tribes, this kinfolk has obtained rather little awareness within the linguistic literature and lots of of the person Siouan languages are significantly understudied. This quantity goals to make paintings on Siouan languages extra largely on hand and to motivate deeper research of the myriad typological, theoretical, descriptive, and pedagogical matters they elevate. The 17 chapters during this quantity current a vast variety of present Siouan learn, targeting a variety of Siouan languages, from a number of linguistic views: historical-genetic, philological, utilized, descriptive, formal/generative, and comparative/typological. The editors' preface summarizes attribute beneficial properties of the Siouan relatives, together with head-final and "verb-centered" syntax, a fancy approach of verbal affixes together with applicatives and subject-possessives, head-internal relative clauses, gendered speech markers, stop-systems together with ejectives, and a choice for definite prosodic and phonotactic styles. the amount is devoted to the reminiscence of Professor Robert L. Rankin, a towering determine in Siouan linguistics all through his lengthy occupation, who passed on to the great beyond in February of 2014.
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