The subclassification of the Iroquoian languages [CANCELLED]
Milan Lopuhaä
(Radboud University)
Friday (April 21st), 12:00-12:25
Lipsius 148

The Iroquoian languages are a language family from eastern North America, originally spoken from southeastern Canada to southern Appalachia. The language family includes about half a dozen living languages such as Mohawk and Cherokee, as well as several extinct languages known only from word lists. Iroquoian is one of the major language families of the American Northeast, and the proto-language is estimated to have been spoken around 4000 BC. 

Both the Iroquoian languages and their prehistory have been studied for a long time. Despite this, the subclassification of the Iroquoian language family is not uncontroversial. Although it is consensus that Cherokee was the first language to split off, there have been several proposals for the family tree of the remaining languages (often called Northern Iroquoian). The situation is complicated by the fact that the Northern Iroquoian languages must have had extensive contact in prehistoric times. 

In this talk, I will discuss the existing phonological, morphological and lexical evidence relevant to the discussion of the subclassification of Iroquoian, and I will present new evidence from the numeral system, to unravel the Iroquoian family tree.