On extremes in linguistic complexity: Phonetic accounts of Iroquoian, Polynesian and Khoesan

  title={On extremes in linguistic complexity: Phonetic accounts of Iroquoian, Polynesian and Khoesan},
  author={Marcin Kilarski and K. Dziubalska-Kolaczyk},
  journal={Historiographia Linguistica},
This article examines common motifs in the accounts of the sound systems of Iroquoian, Polynesian and Khoesan languages as the most well-known cases of extremes in phonetic complexity. On the basis of examples from European and American scholarship between the 17th and early 20th century, we investigate continuities in the description of their seemingly ‘exotic’ inventories and phonotactic structures when viewed from the perspective of European languages. We also demonstrate the influence of… Expand
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