In this Book

University of California Press
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This book is about history and the practical power of language to reveal historical change. Christopher Ehret offers a methodological guide to applying language evidence in historical studies. He demonstrates how these methods allow us not only to recover the histories of time periods and places poorly served by written documentation, but also to enrich our understanding of well-documented regions and eras. A leading historian as well as historical linguist of Africa, Ehret provides in-depth examples from the language phyla of Africa, arguing that his comprehensive treatment can be applied by linguistically trained historians and historical linguists working with any language and in any area of the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-ix
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. x-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. PART ONE. EVIDENCE AND METHOD
  2. pp. 1-2
  1. 1. Methods and Myths
  2. pp. 3-21
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  1. 2. Writing History from Linguistic Evidence
  2. pp. 22-50
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  1. 3. Historical Inference from Transformations in the Vocabularies of Culture
  2. pp. 51-81
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  1. 4. Historical Inference from Word Borrowing
  2. pp. 82-104
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  1. 5. Linguistic Dating
  2. pp. 105-132
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  1. PART TWO. APPLICATIONS
  2. pp. 133-134
  1. 6. History in the Sahara: Society and Economy in the Early Holocene
  2. pp. 135-169
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  1. 7. Social Transformation in the Horn of Africa, 500 BCE to 500 CE
  2. pp. 170-184
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  1. 8. Recovering the History of Extinct societies: A Case study from East Africa
  2. pp. 185-220
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  1. 9. Cultural Diffusion in the Atlantic Age: American Crops in Eastern Africa
  2. pp. 221-248
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  1. Appendix 1. Outline Classification of Afrasian (Afroasiatic): Diagnostic Branch Innovations
  2. pp. 249-250
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  1. Appendix 2. Proto-Afrasian and Proto-Erythraic Subsistence
  2. pp. 251-252
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  1. Appendix 3. Development of Nilo-Saharan Lexicons of Herding and Cultivation
  2. pp. 253-255
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  1. Appendix 4. Interpreting the Ethiosemitic Cognation Matrix
  2. pp. 256-260
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  1. Appendix 5. Cushitic Loanwords in Ethiosemitic Core Vocabulary
  2. pp. 261-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-274
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