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Meso-America as a Linguistic Area

Lyle Campbell, Terrence Kaufman and Thomas C. Smith-Stark
Language
Vol. 62, No. 3 (Sep., 1986), pp. 530-570
DOI: 10.2307/415477
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/415477
Page Count: 41
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Abstract

That Meso-America constitutes a legitimate linguistic area has been questioned. To address this question, concepts of 'areal linguistics' are here surveyed and refined. Proposed Meso-American areal traits are reconsidered against these findings, and are compared with those of other established linguistic areas. Meso-America proves to be a particularly strong linguistic area. These results contribute both to the study of Meso-American languages and to an understanding of areal linguistics generally.

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