Readership: Primarily scholars and students of linguistics, archaeology, and anthropology. Will also
appeal to historians, psychologists, and philosophers.
Edited by Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University, and R. M. W. Dixon, The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
"extremely rich, competent, and well-edited." - Language,
Review(s) from previous edition"This book is a pleasure to sample, and will serve as a resource for years to come. The salutary lesson that emerges from every chapter is that diffusion studies are necessarily complementary to genetic studies, and that our methodology for studying various types of contact needs to be extended and refined. - Diachronica
"Highly recommended for all those interested in historical linguistics, linguistic typology, language contact and language change ... this book represents a good opportunity to meditate, on the one side, on models of language evolution and, on the other side, on actual phenomena of language change." - LINGUIST List
"Invaluable ... the uniformly high quality of the contributions demonstrates that all contributors know whereof they speak ... The geographical range of the contributions is impressive. ...The quality of the production is high." - The Journal of The Royal Anthropological Institute
"... A book worth acquiring and reading." - Journal of Linguistics
1.: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R. M. W. Dixon: Introduction
2.: Peter Bellwood: Archaeology and the Historical Determinants of Punctuation in Language-Family Origins
3.: Calvert Watkins: An Indo-European Linguistic Area and its Characteristics: Ancient Anatolia. Areal Diffusion as a Challenge to the Comparative Method?
4.: R. M. W. Dixon: The Australian Linguistic Area
5.: Alan Dench: Descent and Diffusion: The Complexity of the Pilbara Situation
6.: Malcolm Ross: Contact-Induced Change in Oceanic Languages in North-West Melanesia
7.: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald: Areal Diffusion, Genetic Inheritance, and Problems of Subgrouping: A North Arawak Case Study
8.: Geoffrey Haig: Linguistic Diffusion in Present-Day East Anatolia: From Top to Bottom
9.: Randy J. LaPolla: The Role of Migration and Language Contact in the Development of the Sino-Tibetan Language Family
10.: N. J. Enfield: On Genetic and Areal Linguistics in Mainland South-East Asia: Parallel Polyfunctionality of 'Acquire'
11.: James A. Matisoff: Genetic Versus Contact Relationship: Prosodic Diffusibility in South-East Asian Languages
12.: Hilary Chappell: Language Contact and Areal Diffusion in Sinitic Languages
13.: Gerrit J. Dimmendaal: Areal Diffusion Versus Genetic Inheritance: An African Perspective
14.: Bernd Heine and Tania Kuteva: Convergence and Divergence in the Development of African Lanaguages
15.: Timothy Jowan Curnow: What Language Features can be 'Borrowed'?