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Joint HistLing/SoConDi Meeting: Sally Thomason presents

Friday, February 22, 2013
12:00 AM
403 Lorch

Language history and the Pacific Northwest linguistic area

HistLing and SoConDi will have a joint meeting this Friday, with our very own Sally Thomason presenting. The title and abstract of her presentation are given below.

Language history and the Pacific Northwest linguistic area

The Pacific Northwest linguistic area is comprised of three core language families—Salishan, Wakashan, and Chimakuan—and members of several other families that participate in some of the areal processes.  Historical interpretation of the processes through which the Pacific Northwest areal features developed is complicated by the fact that significant gaps remain in our understanding of the histories of both the three core families and the outliers.  In this talk I'll consider both the area-wide shared structural features (most of which must be reconstructed for Proto-Salishan, Proto-Wakashan and Proto-Chimakuan) and the regionally restricted shared features, which in many or most cases are due to demonstrable convergence.