Professor Sally Thomason will present in a joint meeting of HistLing and SoConDi this Friday. Sally has been doing extensive fieldwork and documentation of Montana Salish for the past three decades (on which we reported here in last year). In this presentation, however, Sally will take a step back from the details of Montana Salish and consider the history of the broader linguistic area in which Montana Salish is located—the Pacific Northwest. Sally will draw on her vast experience with linguistic reconstruction and language contact in this presentation. The full information about her presentation, including a title and abstract, is given below.

What: Joint HistLing/SoConDi meeting

Where: Lorch 403

When: Friday, 2/22, 2 pm

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.