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Marianne Mithun

Marianne Mithun is a leading scholar of American Indian languages and language typology. She is Professor of Linguistics at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mithun has worked on a wide variety of languages from a wide variety of language families, but specializes in Native American languages. She began her career with extensive fieldwork on Iroquoian languages, especially Mohawk, Cayuga, and Tuscarora, She has also worked in California on Central Pomo and the Chumashan languages, on Central Alaskan Yup'ik, and on the Austronesian language Kapampangan.

Mithun compiled a comprehensive overview of Native American languages in The Languages of Native North America.[1] A review on the grammatical categories (including categories that are particularly widespread in North America, such as polysynthesis), and secondly by family.[2] In 2002 the volume won the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award, which is awarded yearly for the best book in linguistics.[3]

She has taught at many institutions around the world, including La Trobe, Rice, Stanford, SUNY Albany, Amsterdam, Cagliari, Berkeley, Hamburg, UIUC, UNM, Wake Forest, and Yale.[4]

She was the founding president of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology in 1983. From 1999 to 2003 she was president of the Association for Linguistic Typology.[5] She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[6]

Selected works

  • 1999 The languages of native North America [1]


  1. ^ a b Mithun, Marianne (1999). The languages of native North America. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  
  2. ^ "LINGUIST List 12.707: Mithun, Languages of Native North America". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  3. ^ "LSA: About LSA". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  4. ^ "Marianne Mithun: Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  5. ^ " List of officers" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  6. ^ "Gruppe 5: Filologi og språkvitenskap" (in Norwegian).  

External links

  • "UCSB Linguistics Marianne Mithun". Retrieved 2009-06-04. 
  • "Society for Linguistic Anthropology Records".  
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