By Victor Golla
Nowhere was once the linguistic variety of the hot global extra severe than in California, the place a unprecedented number of village-dwelling peoples spoke seventy-eight at the same time unintelligible languages. This entire illustrated instruction manual, an immense synthesis of greater than one hundred fifty years of documentation and research, experiences what we now learn about California's indigenous languages. Victor Golla outlines the fundamental structural gains of greater than dozen language forms, and cites all of the significant resources, either released and unpublished, for the documentation of those languages--from the earliest vocabularies accrued by means of explorers and missionaries, to the knowledge collected throughout the twentieth-century by means of Alfred Kroeber and his colleagues, and to the intense paintings of John P. Harrington and C. Hart Merriam. Golla additionally devotes chapters to the function of language in reconstructing prehistory, and to the intertwining of the language and tradition in pre-contact California societies, making this paintings, the 1st of its style, a vital reference on California's extraordinary Indian languages.