- Series: Cambridge Language Surveys
- Hardcover: 748 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 5, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 052136275X
- ISBN-13: 978-0521362757
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,610,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Languages of the Andes (Cambridge Language Surveys)
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"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."
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. The Languages of the Andes is the first book in English to document in a single volume the indigenous languages of this region, as well as in adjacent areas. The authors provide both historical and contemporary information, illustrated with detailed grammatical sketches. Written in a clear and accessible style, this book will be a valuable source for students and scholars of linguistics and anthropology alike.
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However, my readings on Mapuche culture and history both within the anthology linked and in more general books about Chile, made me still curious as to what was available on South American linguistics, as did more general readings of WALS on the web.
Eventually, when I looked though "The Languages of the Andes" in Melbourne University library, I was very much surprised at the information that was provided, some of which I had actually only learned since my first read of the book browsing WALS. Compared to The Amazonian Languages, "The Languages of the Andes" has a number of advantages. Its coverage is less biased towards the better-known areas and it gives the best possible coverage in English of the extinct languages of the mysteriously primitive cultures of far southern South America, including descriptions of their way of life and how they were demolished by European diseases.
The Mapuche and far northern (Choco, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta) cultural zones are similarly well-handled. An illustration of the thoroughness of "The Languages of the Andes" can be seen in the inclusion of phonological data for a large number of languages omitted from even the best phonological databases. though a very slight criticism could be found in their failure to study the Chibchan languages of Costa Rica and Panama which belong here rather than in a study of Mesoamerican languages.
There are also good details on the widely-spoken Quechua and Aymara dialects, and even a chapter on how the Spanish language has evolved in South America.
All in all, "The Languages of the Andes" is the best of the reference texts in the "Cambridge Language Surveys" and has both well-known and surprising information for the curious linguistics reader - as well as a great deal for the student.