Chitimacha: A Mesoamerican Language in the Lower Mississippi Valley1

  title={Chitimacha: A Mesoamerican Language in the Lower Mississippi Valley1},
  author={Cecil H. Brown and S{\o}ren Wichmann and David Beck},
  journal={International Journal of American Linguistics},
  pages={425 - 474}
The comparative method of historical linguistics is carefully applied to the hypothesis that Chitimacha, a language of southern Louisiana now without fully fluent speakers, and languages of the Totozoquean family of Mesoamerica are genealogically related. Ninety-one lexical sets comparing Chitimacha words collected by Swadesh (1939; 1946a; 1950) to words reconstructed for Proto-Totozoquean (Brown et al. 2011) show regular sound correspondences. Along with certain structural similarities, this… 

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