Areal Linguistics in North America

@inproceedings{Sherzer1976ArealLI,
  title={Areal Linguistics in North America},
  author={Joel Sherzer},
  year={1976}
}
At a conference on the Universals of language held in 1961, Roman Jakobson (1966: 274) stated that: We most urgently need a systematic world-wide mapping of linguistic structural properties: distinctive features, inherent and prosodic — their types of concurrence and concatenation; grammatical concepts and the principles of their expression. The primary and less difficult task would be to prepare a phonemic atlas of the world. 
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